Like any other Tuesday morning, Kroger cheesemonger Miguel Acosta was cutting cheese. An old man with a white beard and a tweed flat cap walks up to him and says, “You’re a murderer.” Confused, Acosta asks why. The old man replies sternly, “You’re killing the cheese!” A connoisseur of cheese, he spends 10 minutes explaining to Acosta why he is a cheese murderer.

This is one of the most curious things that has happened to Acosta in his 16 months so far working at the cheese counter at Kroger. He finds being a cheesemonger entertaining. “I like that I get to learn about the cheese and get to interact with customers. By now I know the people because of the cheese they usually get,” he says.

With more than 180 varieties of imported and domestic cheese as well as 25 varieties of olives, the cheese station is one of Suncrest Towne Centre Kroger’s most-loved amenities. The cheesemongers help customers with their cheese selections. The most popular cheeses at the shop are gruyère and Murray’s Cambozola Black Label, a mild brie-style blue cheese. Acosta’s favorite is Murray’s Irish Cheddar. “It goes great with pepper jelly and crackers.”

Customers have come to love the Suncrest Towne Centre Kroger’s many amenities. With its in-house sushi makers, large natural foods section, regional products, extensive beer and wine inventory, and ClickList online ordering service, the supermarket earns its Morgantown nickname of “Gucci Kroger.” — DFR

500 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, 304.285.6780