BRIGHTON — City officials, King Soopers representatives and members of the community gathered Aug. 22 to break ground at the new King Soopers location that’s to be built at Bridge Street and 50th Avenue.
Kellie McGannon, King Soopers director of public affairs, said they’re very excited about having a second location in Brighton.
“This location is a little bit different than the one that you see currently here. It will be nearly twice the size and it will offer expanded offerings…. It will be our fifth Market Place location, similar to the one you may have seen in Commerce City, except this store will expand to apparel,” she said.
Chairman of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation board James Vigessa heralded the development is a milestone in the region. He said currently all you can see from the location is rooftops and that there are no services or amenities in this northeastern part of the city.
Vigessa said the project will bring in an estimated 300 construction jobs for the next year, over 200 jobs once King Soopers opens and more than 150 jobs from future development in the shopping center. He said $25 million in sales is anticipated when the additional retail and restaurants join the market place and touted the potential restaurant developers, saying, “I think whoever opens the first restaurant here is going to make a killing.”
Mayor Dick McLean said this King Soopers is in a “choice spot.”
“This isn’t just going to attract Brighton citizens,” he said. “We’re looking at bringing Brush, Fort Morgan, Bennett, Byers — all of those people that live out east of town — Keenesburg. They’re coming to Brighton now to shop.”
McLean said the city has been working with King Soopers to bring this location to the city for the last eight to 10 years. Director of Real Estate Development with Kroger Joel Starbuck said there was originally a lot plotted for a new King Soopers but the company had to let the location go for a while. He sad a few years back, the city approached them about it again and wanted to know whether they still had an interest.
Starbuck said this location has been a great project to work on and that he was impressed with city officials.
“When we usually go to city councils to propose King Soopers, we don’t get the reception on a normal basis that we did in Brighton. You guys we’re so enthusiastic and so excited. It was a real pleasure…,” he said. “Within a year you guys will have your brand new King Soopers. We look forward to it.”