Shun Fat Supermarket Inc., the California-based Asian grocery chain, plans to open its third Sacramento store next year, filling the long-vacated Vic’s IGA space on South Land Park Drive.
Thong Lu, an official with the chain, was working on site at 5820 South Land Park Drive on Tuesday and said he hopes the extensive remodel and upgrade of the 29,000-square-foot SF Supermarket store will be completed in as little as nine months.
The store will offer mostly Asian food products, joining other local SF Supermarket sites at 6930 65th St. and 4562 Mack Road.
Lu said the new site in the South Hills Shopping Center will be “a little smaller than our other stores … but we look forward to opening next year. We want to have everything new.”
The store is expected to employ about 50 people.
The new store will move into space long occupied by Vic’s IGA, which closed in March 2015 amid financial difficulties. For years, the Vic’s IGA store was overseen by Sacramento grocer Vic De Stefani.
De Stefani, was a veteran presence in the Sacramento grocery business, who routinely carried 40-pound boxes of produce in and out of his stores right up until his retirement in 2011 at the age of 82, according to a 2011 story in The Sacramento Bee.
Many of the store’s interior fixtures have been taken down, and work will be ongoing behind a chain-link fence with green covering.
The Shun Fat Supermarket chain was founded in 1993 and is based in Monterey Park, according to Bloomberg and other online business sites. Shun Fat’s website lists nine California markets, two in Las Vegas and one outside of Dallas.