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Several new businesses to open near Mall Blvd, Abercorn

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The largest Kroger in Georgia is open for business, and it's right here in our area.

People lined up as early as 5 a.m. Wednesday to be one of the first to shop at the brand new 100, 000 square foot Kroger Marketplace on Mall Blvd.

It is the first one of its kind in Savannah, offering more than just traditional grocery shopping. Everything from home fashion and decor to clothes are inside. It even has its own jewelry store inside.

"Amazing. Almost everything under one roof," said Joann Pinkney, one of the many shoppers Wednesday morning. "I mean, we want to do that one-stop shopping, and this is one of the places to do it at."

Opening day of the new Kroger Marketplace brought hundreds of people to the Mall Boulevard area today.

However, it's not just Kroger that's cuting the ribbon on a brand new store. Several other stores are about to open in the same area, potentially adding even more traffic to an already bustling part of the city.

Opening right next to Kroger will be a brand new Dick's Sporting Goods.

Up a block, on Abercorn, will be a Buffalo Wild Wings. Across from that, they are building a Jared's Galleria of Jewelry.

But the concern of congestion doesn't seem to bother these excited shoppers.

"I think its going to be an issue," said Gayle Dalaney, another shopper. "But with all the different stores and all the different products that they have, I know it wouldn't affect me coming over here."

The developer, Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial, said the old Kroger location right next door will be torn down to become the parking field for the new Dick's.

According to them, it will be 55,000 square feet and the largest of its kind.

Also already under construction, an outbuilding right in front of the new Kroger Marketplace.

Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial said this will be the home to a Chipotle, a SuperCuts and Vision Works.

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