Kroger Co. officials will offer a sneak peek March 30 into the new store that is under construction at Northland Village.

Kroger Co. officials will offer a sneak peek March 30 into the new store that is under construction at Northland Village.

Emmanuel V. Remy, president of the Northland Community Council, said last week that representatives of the grocery chain will be on hand prior to the start of the next development committee meeting.

The formal session gets under way at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative officers of the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, 1721 Northland Park Ave.

Jennifer R. Jarrell, media and government relations manager for Kroger's central Ohio division, confirmed Remy's announcement.

"I will be there, along with our division assistant real estate manager, Jordin Horan," she wrote in an email. "We plan to share the store elevations with the group, discuss some of the offerings customers can expect to see at the new store and take questions."

Remy said Kroger Co. officials will be present starting at 5:30, and that a brief presentation is planned for 6 p.m.

"They have shown an interest in really developing a relationship with the community," he said. "I'm thankful that they're living up to that and making the effort to involve us as a community in what's ultimately going to be our hometown store."

The open-house approach offered by Kroger executives "will give folks a better sense of what that structure would look like," development committee chairman Dave Paul said of the building under construction on Morse Road.

The new store, which Remy expects to open by the end of the year, will replace the existing Kroger at 1630 Morse Road.

The new outlet will be 102,000 square feet.

"I'm very excited about the new facility," Northland Area Business Association President Dave Cooper said.

So are neighborhood residents, Remy said, based on conversations he's had with many of them in recent weeks.

"I believe they're very interested though discussions I have randomly with people," he said. "Whether that translates to them coming to hear directly from Kroger, I'm not sure.

Kroger purchased 13 acres of the overall 54-acre site of the former Northland Mall in August 2014 for $3.55 million.

Other agenda items

Paul said that five cases are on the agenda for development committee members to consider at the March 30 meeting:

* The "repurposing" of a car wash on Cleveland Avenue into a used car lot.

* A council variance to allow an athletic training facility at 5095 Westerville Road.

* A council variance to permit residential uses on institutional property at 6000 Beechcroft Blvd., the former Northland Community Center Pool in the Sharon Woods neighborhood.

* A variance to pave the way for the Central Ohio Transit Authority to erect a transit center in the parking lot of Cleveland Avenue Meijer store, which company officials announced last week will be closing June 18.

* A council variance to permit a couple to double the number of children allowed at the day care center they operate in their home in the Waltham neighborhood.