By Kristin Rover
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 9 for several new businesses and restaurants that will be coming to the Kroger Marketplace shopping center in Amelia.
The list includes Petco, Hibbett Sports, Verizon Wireless, GNC, Wendy’s, and more.
“This is a great event for Amelia,” Mayor Todd Hart said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “We are definitely all excited.”
Hart said the village of Amelia welcomes their new neighbors.
Hart thanked all of the individuals involved in bringing the companies to the area including developers Brian Neltner and Mike Paolucci with Select Strategies, JDL Warm Construction and Park National Bank.
“We are so happy to be a part of Amelia,” Neltner said. “It is the best community we have ever worked with.”
Neltner and Paolucci said it was wonderful to work with Hart and other Amelia officials throughout the process.
Paolucci said Select Strategies has been working on the shopping center, including bringing Kroger to the area, for eight years.
“It means a lot to us,” Paolucci said about watching the shopping center come to life.
Paolucci said they wanted to bring a shopping center to the area because they saw a hole in the market in Amelia and also knew the specific location in Amelia was a busy area.
“Amelia Olive-Branch Road dead ends into the property,” Paolucci said. “It is the busiest intersection not connecting to a highway.”
Paolucci said Kroger purchased property from Select Strategies to build the marketplace that opened in August.
Paolucci said Kroger Marketplace is only the beginning of the shopping center, which will include multiple buildings that will be filled with tenants.
He said Petco, Hibbett Sports, Verizon Wireless, GNC, Wendy’s, and El Jinete, a Mexican restaurant, will be under construction soon.
He said they are also working to secure tenants for the next phase of the shopping center.
Officials broke ground at the new shopping center site Nov. 9.