Ruler Foods to add Urbana location this summer

Ruler Foods to add Urbana location this summer

URBANA — Ruler Foods is expected to open a grocery store in the former Jerry's IGA space on Philo Road this summer, The News-Gazette has learned.

It would be the third such Ruler Foods store planned for East Central Illinois. The discount food chain, which is affiliated with Kroger, has already made arrangements to open stores in Danville and Champaign.

Ruler Foods would bring new life to Urbana's Southgate Shopping Center, where the Jerry's IGA space has stood idle since 2004. The shopping center has smaller tenants, including a Dollar General store.

The new grocery is expected to take about 24,000 square feet at 2010 S. Philo Road, said Kenny Roessler, whose company Roessler Construction & Contracting is preparing the space for further work by Kroger.

Roessler said he expects his work to last through spring, with Kroger expected to follow with another three months or so of work.

Calls placed to Kroger's Central Division were referred to the chain's general office because the store involved was Ruler Foods. Messages left at the general office were not immediately returned.

Ruler Foods is owned by Seymour, Ind.-based JayC Food Stores, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger. Ruler has opened several stores in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky the last two years.

Ruler Foods in December signaled it was coming to Urbana when it ran ads inviting people to apply for management positions at its Champaign, Urbana and Danville stores.

In Danville, Ruler Foods is slated to open in the former Save-A-Lot building at East Main and Griffin streets.

In Champaign, Ruler Foods is going into the former Old Navy space in the Champaign Town Center shopping center. Other tenants of that shopping center include H.H. Gregg and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft.

The Champaign store, which would be about 20,000 square feet, is expected to open in March.

Coincidentally, the Urbana space that Ruler Foods plans to occupy was originally a Kroger store before it housed Jerry's IGA. Kroger opened a store there in 1982 before pulling out of the Champaign-Urbana market the following year.

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sweet caroline wrote on February 01, 2013 at 10:02 am

This is good news!  That area is so depressing with the empty store and empty parking lot.  I loved Jerry's when they were there. 

Are you kidding wrote on February 01, 2013 at 10:02 am

This company must not understand this community.

Yes, it's great that a store will be located in this old building with County Market and Meijer on the same road.BIG mistake also putting one in Champaign. That will draw business off of the Urbana location and won't generate the taxes that Urbana so desperately needs.

Yes, this community needs businesses to create jobs, but just because this is a Twin City, doesn't mean we have to have TWIN everything! 

Grocery Row~the old Eisner/Jewel/Osco, IGA at Sunnycrest then to it's former location in Southgate, County Market, and Meijer, along with the two gas stations with food, Dollar General, Family Dollar further up the road, CVS and Walgreens sell food and beverages as well.

ronaldo wrote on February 01, 2013 at 11:02 am

They're locating it there for competition, not your convenience.

But I do agree with your whole idea about not putting one in both Champaign and Urbana.  They should just scrap the plans for the Urbana one.

whatithink wrote on February 01, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Awesome, now the southeast Urbana thugs will have some more people to rob and cars to break in to right by where they live.  Meijr gets by because they are too lazy to walk that far.

cretis16 wrote on February 02, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Oh we got a new place to be robbed. That stretch from Washington down to Mchenry is pure crime....not the greatest of folks living there. This bunch has ruined County Market ( who now has a guard on duty). I gave up on County Market, many 40 oz buyers, and link card users pretty much trashed the store out.