The stores will dedicate up to 40% of selling space to general merchandise.
Kroger Co. plans to introduce the Kroger Marketplace concept - stores that sell furniture, housewares, stationery and cosmetics - in Cincinnati by the end of summer.
The company said it also planned to have 28 fuel centers in the region by then.
The stores will be similar to the large Kroger in Anderson Township, but unlike that store, the new stores in Lebanon and Liberty Township will not have a Fred Meyer jewelry store.
It's reminiscent of the situation a couple decades ago, when convenience stores began selling tremendous amounts of gasoline, and the gas retailers retaliated by turning their service bays into convenience stores.