The new Kroger just opened up at the corner of Spillway and Lakeshore Parkway in Rankin county. Now, I realize that I am completely a suburban housewife for evern blogging about this, but I have been waiting for this grocery store to re-open for YEARS. It is the most convenient grocery store, location-wise, to my house, and it was really chapping my hide to have to drive by it every day on my way to another store.
I think it might have been worth the wait. The new store reminds me very much of Fresh Market in the Renaissance Colony development. They have an AWESOME cheese counter, lots of organic products, a nice floral area, and some great takeway foods at the lunch counter (pork loin, lasagna, a good variety that you don't often see at a grocery store lunch counter). Plus, they have some really gorgeous pre-made pastries, tarts, and specialty desserts at the bakery counter, in addition to all of the usual stuff. I also noticed takeway sushi! YAY!
Ok, but back to the cheese counter. I went on opening day, and there was a delightful staff member there to assist customers. There were samples galore, and she helped me choose a delicious gouda as well as a paprika-spiced cheddar. She also allowed me to sample a FABULOUS, creamy blue cheese. Now, I have never been a big blue cheese fan. It always reminds me of stinky feet. But when I tried the blue cheese she offered me, I nearly fell to my knees. The stuff was amazing. Though earthy, it wasn't stinky at all. I bought a nice wedge of it, and I've been enjoying it with slices of ripe pear this week. Heaven.
If you haven't gotten out there yet, do so! Even the floral area is nice.