News Briefs: Murder Kroger closing; early voting begins; Oakland app

A rendering of the 725 Ponce development with the new Kroger on the ground floor.
A rendering of the 725 Ponce development with the new Kroger on the ground floor.

The Kroger supermarket at 725 Ponce de Leon Ave. — known as Murder Kroger for its unfortunate crime connections or its attempted re-brand as BeltLine Kroger — is closing Oct. 28. According to Atlanta Business Chronicle, the store will be demolished to make way for the 725 Ponce development, an 12-story office building, which will feature a new 60,000-square-foot Kroger on the ground floor. The new Kroger is expected to open in early 2019.

Early voting is underway in Georgia and will be available up to election day. Along with picking a new president, there are two transportation sales tax referendums on the ballot and also the constitutional amendment to create the Opportunity School District, which would allow the state to take over failing schools. To find your early voting location, visit this link.

Historic Oakland Cemetery now has its on mobile app. Available now in the Apple store and Google Play, the cemetery app features 65 points of interest throughout the cemetery’s 48 acres, including monuments and residents buried in the Original Six Acres, African American Grounds, Jewish Burial Grounds, Confederate Section, and more. Ten of the stops are accessible for free and the remaining 55 are available with a $1.99 in-app purchase. The app features present-day and historical photos and a narrated description of each landmark’s history. App users can also receive push notifications about upcoming guided tours, special events, and programs at Oakland Cemetery and add those events to their mobile calendar. A social media share function also allows users to upload their shots of Oakland Cemetery to Facebook and Twitter.

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