KROC CENTER PRESSROOM
The state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in its first few days.
“It really addresses the needs in the community relating to education, recreation, arts and worship,” said Capt. John Rich, area commander of the Memphis Salvation Army.
The Memphis Kroc Center has been six years in the making.
"Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is scheduled to complete the construction of the 104,000-square-foot learning, recreation and worship center on 15 acres adjacent to the Mid-South Fairgrounds by the end of December.
After that comes the moving in of office furniture and equipment, followed by the opening of the facility to charter members, said Stephen Carpenter, director of operations for the Kroc Center. Feb. 23-24 will be the open house and dedication."
Although access to amenities like its indoor pool and water slide won't be available until January, the Salvation Army Kroc Center is offering the public sneak peeks of its $31 million facility at the Fairgrounds one day each month starting Saturday.
After years of planning and lengthy construction delay, The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Memphis is preparing to open its doors.
Please join us in welcoming Captains Jonathan and Barbara Rich, the new Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Memphis. Both fifth generation Salvation Army Officers, they relocate from Kansas, bringing a breadth of Army training, education and private sector experience.
It rises out of the old Mid-South Fairgrounds like a steel colossus, and in less than a year, it will come to life...
"Thankfully, that has all been resolved," said Maj. Mark Woodcock, the Salvation Army's area commander. "We are full speed ahead."