Grocery coming to Danville location

Grocery coming to Danville location

DANVILLE — Ruler Discount Foods, a subsidiary of Kroger Foods, is opening a store in a vacant building at the corner of East Main and Griffin streets, according to city officials.

Chris Milliken, planning and zoning manager with the city of Danville, said the 25,000-square-foot building at 102 N. Griffin St. is currently vacant and formerly housed the Save-A-Lot grocery store that moved to the northeast side of town in the Holiday Square site at Bowman Avenue and Voorhees Street.

Milliken said Wes Burres owns the building and is leasing it to Ruler Foods. The small shopping complex also includes a Dollar General store and another vacant space that was formerly a CVS store.

Milliken said the company will be renovating the building, and the store could be open in three to four months. He said some Community Development Block Grant funding, which are federal dollars the city receives annually, is being used in the project. He said the project qualified based on the fact that the store will be creating and retaining jobs in the city, but he did not know how many workers the company is planning to hire.

Vicki Haugen with Vermilion Advantage said she could not comment on the project.

Ruler company officials could not be reached for comment.

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sameeker wrote on December 02, 2012 at 4:12 am

A new store is a good thing. However, we need to quit handing out all of these grants. The country can't afford it anymore. If there is a profit to be made, the company will open the store regardless. I have a problem giving grants when the company will likely make nearly all workers low paid, part time employees. In the event that companies do receive incentives, they should be taxed on them like any other form of income.