Major remodeling at two of its 13 stores and work on different aspects of others are part of Baker's Supermarkets' effort to put a new face on its business.
Baker's, a family-owned company established in 1926, was acquired by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., a publicly traded company, in 2001. The Baker family sold the supermarket chain to Fleming Co. in 1992.
"We understand that Baker's has been through a lot of changes in a very competitive market in Omaha," said Philip Farmer, manager of the Omaha-area stores. "The changes customers should be seeing in the stores are indications that people really should take a fresh look at Baker's."
Baker's bought three Albertsons stores in 2004, and since then it has closed or sold five stores in the Omaha area, including one last year in Frederick Square on 84th Street about two blocks south of West Center Road.
Farmer said Kroger had to close some low-performing stores.