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DETROIT — According to a report published Monday in the Detroit Free Press, Kroger will create as many as 2,000 jobs throughout Michigan as the national grocer continues to grow marketshare across its core markets, even as the chain seeks a Southeastern foothold with the acquisition of Harris Teeter announced yesterday.
“This is part of a major initiative that shows how the face of Kroger in Michigan is changing,” Dale Hollandsworth, a Kroger spokesman, told the Press. “We’ve got to be prepared for the future.”
According to the report, Kroger is looking to expand its selling square feet in order to better compete with such large competitors as Walmart.
Nationally, Kroger plans to build, expand or relocate 45 to 50 supermarkets this year, compared with 44 in 2012.