Chances are, if you’ve shopped in a Kroger grocery store in Atlanta, you know it better by its nickname than its location — one enterprising soul even created a Google map showing all the stores and their locations (Disclaimer: It includes a few not-so-nice words) and the topic inspired a lively conversation on Reddit.
The nicknames were all purportedly given with love, but there’s one in particular that Kroger is hoping to rebrand — the infamous Murder Kroger. The Ponce de Leon location was dubbed Murder Kroger after a woman was shot and killed there in the 1990s, and inspired a song of the same name by the band Attractive Eighties Women.
The store held a grand re-opening this week in the hopes of making the name BeltLine Kroger — for its proximity to the multi-use trail — stick.
Take a look at some of the store’s other locations and the reasons behind the names.
Murder Kroger aka BeltLine Kroger, 725 Ponce de Leon — Curbed Atlanta has a nice writeup on how the store got the name and why it’ll probably stick — basically, until recently, the store and its parking lot had been riddled with crime for years, including a woman getting shot in the parking lot in 1991 and a dead body being found in a car in the parking lot in 2002. The store inspired the aforementioned song, a Facebook fan page and plenty of inspired Halloween costumes. Kroger hopes to improve the store’s reputation with a ramp from the store leading to the popular BeltLine and improving the interior of the store.
Disco Kroger, 3330 Piedmont Road NE — The Buckhead location’s nickname is so well-known that 11Alive did a whole segment on how the name came to be. In the 1980s, a disco club called Limelight was located next door, attracting the feather-haired and leisure-suited. Limelight closed in 1987, but this awesome mural — and a mirror ball from the club that hangs in the store — still remain.
Kosher Kroger, 2205 Lavista Road NE — This one’s pretty self-explanatory — there’s a large Kosher section at the Toco Hills store, catering to the area’s large Jewish population (the location is also known as ToKrogo Hills). There’s also a location with a sizable Kosher section on Briarcliff Road.
Hipster Kroger, 1225 Caroline Street NE — One of the newer Kroger locations in the city, Hipster Kroger is in the Edgewood Shopping District in the gentrifying Reynoldstown neighborhood, home to many aforementioned hipsters. Black-framed glasses, beards and skinny jeans abound.
Some other nicknamed locations:
Cruising Kroger, 1700 Monroe Drive NE — The Ansley Park Kroger is the place to see and be seen — especially if you’re looking to pick up a hot date.
Granny Kroger, 3871 Peachtree Road — The clientele at this Buckhead location is decidedly more…mature than the average Kroger shopper.
Ghetto Kroger, 1160 Moreland Ave. SE — The neighborhood around this location is a little rough.
Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments.