Sacramento’s new, upcoming Raley’s store is being branded as a fusion of modern amenities and old-school grocery market charm.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Raley’s owner Michael Teel and other stakeholders put shovels in dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday morning, marking the start of construction on a new South Land Park store.
Planned for a 2020 opening, the store will anchor an upcoming shopping center on the corner of Freeport Boulevard and Wentworth Avenue, replacing an existing Raley’s store a block south.
Steinberg, Teel and others who spoke said the new store will have an emphasis on healthy living.
The new market will have a loft dining area, a wine tasting room, 25,000 square feet of outdoor seating, and new and improved bathrooms. It will also include a full-service deli, as well as sushi and bakery departments.
Planners announced Thursday that Starbucks will join previously confirmed tenants Orange Theory Fitness, Pet Food Express, Chase Bank and Supercuts at the 44,000-square-foot shopping center, to be known as “The Park.” The rest of the stores will be announced later.
“Look at what we’re forging here today,” Steinberg said. “Not only creating a center of community and a center of neighborhood, but with that emphasis on healthy living.”
Raley’s leadership and dozens of employees from the old store – some of whom were recognized during a recent news conference for working there close to 40 years – gathered at the large lot, surrounded by renderings of the new store, black-and-white photos from the early days of Raley’s and huge mounds of dirt.
“This was our No. 1 store for decades,” Teel said of the old store, which will stay open during the new store’s construction. “It still is a very high-performing store.”
Teel noted that he lived behind the lot as a kid, back when it was a Capital Nursery.
“This was literally my backyard,” he said.
Raley’s will also move over the iconic manual marquee, which often includes punny messages, from the old store.
Thursday’s marquee message: “In queso forgot, today’s a big dill.”
City Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents South Land Park, said the project will be “the first big change” in revitalizing Freeport Boulevard.