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Photos: Inside the Former Kroger Bakery

Brent Warren Brent Warren Photos: Inside the Former Kroger BakeryA view of the complex from the west. All photos by Brent Warren.
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A group of local developers announced last week their plans to renovate the two historic Kroger Bakery buildings at 457 Cleveland Ave.

Casto, Kelley Companies and The Robert Weiler Company – the same partnership behind the River & Rich development in Franklinton – officially acquired the 10-acre property on March 2 for a sum of $8.15 million, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s website.

Also included in the purchase is a one-acre parking lot at 5454 Jack Gibbs Blvd. that sits across Cleveland Avenue from the bakery complex.

Representatives of Casto recently gave Columbus Underground a tour of the the two large buildings that – before being shuttered in February of 2019 – housed over 400 workers.

Renovation of the buildings is the plan, they said, and that could involve applying for state historic tax credits. Multiple uses could be mixed together in each building, with residences, offices, event space, and even parking all possibilities.

Scroll down for pictures and more information from the tour.

The southern facade of the south building, which was built in 1914 by the Ford Motor Company for Model T assembly.
The Cleveland Avenue frontage of the two buildings, which are connected.
A stairway in the north building.
Windows provide views to the north.
The north building is nearly 200,000 square feet in size.
These LED ticker signs are still running.
A third floor sky bridge connects the two buildings.
The raised concrete shows where an oven once stood.
Some of the floors feature high ceilings.
A closeup of one of the support columns.
View of Downtown from the roof.
Old elevator machinery.
Looking north from the roof of the south building.
The facility was served by rail at one point.
Another view from the roof, with I-670 in the foreground.
Loading dock on the north side of the complex.
Inside the facility’s giant walk-in freezer.
The parking lot on the north side of the complex, with the campus of Fort Hayes across the street in the background.
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