Kroger has not only taken over the old Elliott’s Hardware location on Maple Avenue, but expanded the building. The new store will cover 75,000 square feet, 30,000 feet larger than Kroger’s nearby store on Cedar Springs Road.

Success of the Cedar Springs Road store prompted Kroger to put a second store in the neighborhood. A third is slated for the next phase of the CityPlace development.

The new store set to open May 4 is at Maple Avenue and Medical Center Drive.

Store Manager Elizabeth Smith said it will feature a Starbucks, a Sushi bar and a restaurant sitting area.

“There’s a bigger perishable department,” she said.

And she said the store is still hiring. They are holding job fairs Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, and will probably be hiring through next week. The job fairs are at 5415 Maple Ave., Suite 203 on the corner of Butler Street.

“We’re hiring across the board for store jobs,” she said.

— David Taffet

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 29, 2012.