Officials with Kroger are generally pretty tight-lipped about the grocery giant's plans, but Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy said last week he has gotten a little information about the proposed new store on Morse Road.

Officials with Kroger are generally pretty tight-lipped about the grocery giant's plans, but Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy said last week he has gotten a little information about the proposed new store on Morse Road.

Speaking at the NCC's June 2 meeting, Remy reported on a meeting he was able to arrange recently with Joe Grieshaber, who was named president of Kroger's Columbus Division on March 17.

He replaced Bruce Macaulay, who retired after 42 years with the company, according to the announcement from Kroger.

Remy said he was still not provided with a timeline regarding construction of the much-anticipated 100,000-square-foot store, which will replace an existing 60,000-square-foot location at 1630 Morse Road. He said he anticipates ground will be broken sometime this year on the 13-acre parcel Kroger purchased in 2014 for $3.55 million.

Remy also said he expects construction to take about 12 months.

He has previously said he anticipates the new Kroger will be similar to the store located in the Brewery District. He also has indicated he expects the overall investment in the Northland Village site to be around $20 million.

What he was able to glean from the meeting with Grieshaber, Remy told community council representatives, was that Kroger officials "want to mold the store to the needs of the community."

Remy said that will be reflected in the kinds of foods the new store will carry, as well as the prepared products that will be available for both indoor and outdoor dining.

"It was a very good conversation," he said. "I'm looking forward to working with them in the future."

Safety and cleanliness are what people in the neighborhood would chiefly want, Forest Park Civic Association President Ken Gilbert said. He suggested both traits were sadly lacking at the existing Morse Road location.

That's the perception from years ago, Remy replied. He said that Kroger store is now well run, very clean and he has no safety concerns when shopping there.

Gilbert admitted that he stopped going to the 1630 Morse Road Kroger a while ago and so was unaware of improvements to its operations.