Shopping center groundbreaking set Friday

The construction of Hurricane Creek Village Shopping Center will get under way Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony at Arkansas and Alcoa Road.

The ceremony at the previously vacant lot is set for 8 a.m.

The center is being built by The Retail Connection, which is hosting the ceremony along with officials of the city of Benton, Kroger and media outlets.

The center will be anchored by a 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace store and a 62,000-square-foot Academy Sports store. In total, the center will include approximately 250,000 square feet of retail development.

“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on this exciting development with an industry-leading anchor such as Kroger Marketplace,” said Daniel Fuller, executive vice president of Dallas-based The Retail Connection.

“The Retail Connection has now made two major investments in Central Arkansas," Fuller noted.

"With this addition, Kroger will have five Kroger Marketplace stores in Arkansas, along with 29 traditional Kroger grocery stores across the state," he said, adding that it "certainly shows the strong commitment each of our companies has to the region."

The Hurricane Creek Village Kroger Marketplace to be built here has been described as "an exceptionally attractive and large store with features such as cut fruit/veggie bar, organic and natural foods, cheese shop, sushi, Starbucks coffee shop, service deli, meat and seafood, Fred Meyer Jewelry, a double drive-thru pharmacy, apparel section, and pet and baby sections."

The site also will include a nine-pump fuel station that includes diesel service.

The store is expected to bring approximately 250 jobs to the area.

“Kroger continues to invest in the Arkansas Market and we are excited to be bringing yet another dynamic store to Hurricane Creek Village,” said Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division.

“Everyone at Kroger believes in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers, and we are looking forward to doing that again with our new Marketplace store in Benton,” he said.

Hurricane Creek Village plans to build approximately 17,000 square feet of shop space in Phase I of the project. In addition to the anchors and pad sites, a total of approximately 50,000 square feet is planned for the completed project.

Officials of the Retail Connection plan to announce more retail stores that are signing onto the new center in the next couple of months.

Eight pad sites are available on the outer perimeter of the center.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

The Retail Connection provides national advisory, tenant representation, project leasing, general brokerage and investment sales, expansion strategy, merchandising plans, property management, construction management, asset management and corporate services, as well as development, acquisition, merchant banking and strategic capital services. The company currently represents more than 250 retail and restaurant chains and in excess of 25 million square feet of listings, including around 4 million of its own projects with another 3-plus million square feet in the development pipeline. The company also provides property management for more than 3.2 million square feet of retail shopping centers throughout Texas and the Southwest.

The company is headquartered in Dallas and has offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Additional information about The Retail Connection is available at

Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, reportedly employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. 

The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. 

Recognized by Forbes as the "most generous company in America," Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations.

Forbes reports that Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners.

A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is affiliated with the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.