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‘Murder Kroger’ to be demolished; new development planned

ATLANTA – Developers hope to drop an infamous name from Atlanta’s lexicon.

For years, the grocery store on Ponce de Leon Avenue has been called by some “Murder Kroger.” It’s been the subject of a website, Facebook page and even has a song dedicated to it.

Kroger’s Atlanta Division and New City, LLC announced Friday planes to develop 725 Ponce, a mixed-use development along the Atlanta Beltline. Part of the $140 million project would include a redeveloped Kroger.

GALLERY: Kroger on Ponce de Leon

The existing Kroger, which was built in 1986, will be demolished and replaced with a 60,000 square-foot store.

“Our goal for 725 Ponce is to build on the incredible momentum of Ponce City Market and the BeltLine,” New City founder Jim Irwin said in a statement. “It’s exciting to be able to partner with Kroger to revitalize the property and have an opportunity to design a new building that fits within the context with the historic structures next door – adding another layer to the urban landscape.” 

The new store will be adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline.

“This project exemplifies the catalytic role the Atlanta BeltLine continues to play in advancing Atlanta’s stature as a world-class walkable/bikable city,” Paul Morris, CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine said in a statement. “The confidence New City and their investors are showing at 725 Ponce further solidifies the urban development revolution taking place around the BeltLine, with robust economic development that affords residents the ability to work, shop and live their lives using the BeltLine as their primary means of transportation.”

Developers hope to break ground in May.

PHOTOS: 725 Ponce