Belleville mayor defends money given to Kroger for new grocery store

Belleville mayor defends money given to Kroger for new grocery store

Belleville mayor defends money given to Kroger for new grocery store

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

(KMOV) -- The mayor of Belleville is defending his decision to give $200,000 in TIF money to Kroger to build a new grocery store in town.

The store will be built at 17th and N Belt West, the site of the old Bel-Air Bowl.

The store will be called Ruler Foods, which is Kroger’s discount chain of stores.

The city council was split and Mayor Mark Eckert broke the tie in favor of Kroger. He says the store could do $6 million a year in sales.

Eckert says the building has been vacant for several years and was unable to get a new tenant.

He says the city should be able to recoup the money in a few years from sales tax.

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