Kroger building, south side of Poplar Plaza
building that has been occupied by Kroger grocery for about the past 50
years in Poplar Plaza, as well as also housing Plaza Bowling Lanes and
probably Woolworth's five and ten store, was demolished in 2013 to provide
additional parking. This was the portion of the building that runs along
the southern property line of Poplar Plaza Shopping Center. The attached structures on
the eastern side along this property line remain.
On March 20, 2013, a new Kroger opened as the "flagship" Kroger store in Memphis and later that evening the old grocery closed its doors for the last time. The bowling lanes and Woolworths had disappeared decades ago and the space taken up by Kroger, which, in this building, was between those other endeavors.
To make way for the new Kroger, three buildings in Poplar Plaza which were parallel to Prescott Street were demlished earlier. See our report on Poplar Plaza Addition, Prescott Street Strip for additional information.
In June, 2013, the building housing the old Kroger store since about 1960, that housed the Plaza Bowling Lanes, and probably the portion that housed Woolworths in its original configuration, was demolished. Below you can see a photo of where the building once stood (behind the green screened fence). Photo taken June 8. The area formerly occupied by the building(s) is to become additional parking.