City of Houston OKs Kroger 380 agreement

October 26, 2011 8:10:14 PM PDT
A divided Houston City Council has said OK to a deal that gives the Kroger chain incentives to build a new store near the Heights. Supporters on the council say Kroger plans to invest $30 million in the community.

"That's all private investment dollars that will stimulate contruction jobs and also provide 170-plus full-time and part-time jobs," Council member Ed Gonzalez said.

Some council members argue Kroger has not done enough to maintain other existing stores, such as one near the University of Houston.

"Is an embarassment, they do not have fresh food, the quality of the stuff there -- I won't shop there unless it's an emergency and it's the only store open," Houston Councilwoman Jolanda Jones said.

The city passed a 380 agreement which uses tax dollars to reimburse developers who make certain public improvements.

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