Corker -- whose president, Bob Corker, is now one of Tennessee's U.S. senators -- sold Ashton Place in 1999 to Desmond L. Fischer, according to records at the Kanawha County Courthouse.
Fischer sold it to Kroger on Nov. 28 for $12.8 million, said Steve Duffield, supervisor of commercial property in the county appraiser's office.
Kroger folks had little to say about the deal on Thursday.
"We did purchase the shopping center," said Carl York, a spokesman for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic office in Roanoke. "We did it in December.
"That's been our approach of late -- to buy the shopping centers, where it makes sense. Kroger is the anchor. We create the value, especially where we're expanding and trying to put new things in our stores."
The expansion plan, first announced in August, hasn't changed, York said, although the starting date has been pushed back. Kroger plans to spend about $10 million to add about 16,800 square feet to the 52,000-square-foot store, he said.
York said he wasn't sure, but assumed other tenants in the shopping center had been notified of the change in ownership.
"Tenants won't be affected. A rising tide lifts all boats," he said.
Kroger now owns the store it had leased for 23 years, York said. "It allows us to expand the store the way we want to expand it."
Construction is now scheduled to start in March or April. "It takes about a year to do something like this. It's pretty extensive," York said.
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