After a year of planning, the Casto Organization will break ground Thursday, April 30, on a multi-million dollar renovation to the Westerville Plaza.

After a year of planning, the Casto Organization will break ground Thursday, April 30, on a multi-million dollar renovation to the Westerville Plaza.

Crews will begin with renovations to the Kroger store at 55 W. Schrock Road.

Plans for the renovation call for demolishing an approximately 11,000-square-foot section of the shopping center and building a new 16,461-square-foot addition to the Kroger store, according to Westerville planning department staff reports. This would expand the building from less than 66,000 square feet to about 82,000 square feet.

The cost of the renovation will be "in excess of $9-million," according to Casto associate Charlie Fraas.

Kroger doesn't plan on closing during the renovations. Company officials anticipate opening the renovated store with additional features at the end of this year, according to a release from Casto.

Changes to the interior of the store will include a new coffee shop with seating area, new bars for salad, sushi and soups, all new vegetable stands, meat cases, deli display, a larger whole foods and natural foods section, a 100-foot addition to the store's wine selection, an almost-doubled frozen food section, and other upgrades, according to store manager Kevin King.

More information about the Westerville Plaza renovations will be published in the May 7 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.

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