Kilgore’s Supermarket getting makeover

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Michael Bowman, an employee for Pespico in Tupelo, stocks the shelves with drinks at Kilgore's on Wednesday afternoon.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Michael Bowman, an employee for Pespico in Tupelo, stocks the shelves with drinks at Kilgore’s on Wednesday afternoon.

By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Kilgore’s Supermarket, which has been around since at least the early 1970s, has begun a major renovation.

The work will all but gut the store from floor to ceiling, but the massive project should be complete by June, said David Holcomb, district manager of Food Giant.

The company purchased the store last year for an undisclosed sum.

The renovation work is a big investment as well, but Holcomb declined to say how much it would cost.

He did say that customers will notice the improvements.

“We’re replacing the ceiling and we’re replacing the lights with new, energy-efficient lighting that will save 46 percent alone on utility bills,” he said.

The store also will have new flooring, shelving and signs.

Modern and energy-efficient refrigeration units will replace the old ones on the sales floor.

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The store will not be closed for the work.

“A lot of it will be done at night after the store closes,” said store manager Enoch Smithey. “Customers will still be able to shop while we’re open.”

Also, much of the renovation work won’t be seen by customers.

New cold prep areas for produce and meat in the back of the store, which will be where the warehouse space will be expanded.

The facade of the building also will be renovated, but that’s a project slated for after the interior renovations are completed

“The employees are really excited about it,” said Smithey, who’s been with the store for 15 years.

The store employs 47 people.

dennis.seid@journalinc.com