MANOR TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Kroger’s chain of convenience stores here, is expanding into Ohio.
The chain announced the purchase of five former On the Run convenience stores around Columbus, and plans to build two new stores in the area. Turkey Hill operates 253 stores, with all but one located in Pennsylvania. lished reports.
The five stores were acquired from Gilligan Oil Co. for an undisclosed price. Those locations should be open by the end of this week. In addition, two new locations are under construction, Turkey Hill said. Those stores are expected to be open by the end of the year.
The expansion will integrate Kroger’s convenience stores in a market where it already has a strong grocery presence. Giant Eagle, a Pittsburgh-based competitor, also operates grocery stores and convenience stores in the Columbus market. The chain was advertising for employees and managers at six Columbus area stores on its web site.
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