Kroger has completed demolition of the former Barnes and Noble Bookstore at the MacArthur Park shopping center in Las Colinas, and has begun construction to expand its store.

Kroger Co. acquired the former Barnes and Noble location for its expansion in November 2013. The company is investing $13 million in the remodel and expansion of the Las Colinas location. Kroger has already completed the expansion of its popular fuel center, adding eight more fueling stations to the center at MacArthur Park.

Gary Huddleston, director of consumer affairs for Kroger Co., said the store is now focusing on adding more than 36,000 square-feet to the location, bringing the expansion to 102,000 square-feet at 7505 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.

With the completion of the store’s expansion in the fall, the location will be the largest Kroger store in Irving. Kroger expects to add 50 jobs to the location, said Huddleston.

“Kroger’s expansion in Irving is a positive response to many of our residents’ request for upscale grocers in Irving,” said Chris Wallace, president and CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited about Kroger’s expansion, which will give our residents an upscale shopping experience, and provide more jobs in our city.”

The store is planning a grand re-opening in the fall. New departments will include a Kroger kitchen place, which will feature small appliances and accessories, a toy department, baby world, expanded natural foods section, expanded health and beauty area and a new Starbucks.

“Kroger has served the city of Irving and specifically the Las Colinas area for a number of years, and now, we’re excited to bring an even higher quality Kroger signature store to the Las Colinas area,” Huddleston said.

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