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The Cincinnati Business Courier reports on analyst speculation that Kroger "could open more than a dozen of its Main & Vine fresh and local small-store locations in Greater Cincinnati."

The first Main & Vine store opened south of Seattle, in Gig Harbor, Washington, earlier this year. You can see MNB coverage of the format here.

The speculation hinges on what the analyst says is "Cincinnati’s penchant for organic food, market size and demographics," which he says "make it a likely candidate." In addition, the analysis suggests that Cincinnati is "one of 16 markets around the country that would likely be suitable candidates for a big expansion of Main & Vine if Kroger decided to do that."

The speculation is that "Kroger could open 300 Main & Vine stores across its chain."

Kroger is not commenting on the report.
KC's View:
The most important word here is "speculation."

I think Main & Vine is an interesting piece of a complicated puzzle that Kroger is assembling, but I think it would be a mistake to think that it is a piece that is finished ... Main & Vine is an ongoing experiment, and I suspect it will get a lot of tweaking before the format is seen as ready for prime time. After all, Kroger is not known for rushing in where angels fear to tread.

But let's be clear. I'm speculating, too.