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Natural foods store owned by Raley’s coming to downtown Sacramento

Architectural renderings show a new 11,000-square-foot natural foods market at 10th and R streets in downtown Sacramento. The store, dubbed Market 5-ONE-5, would be owned by Raley’s.
Architectural renderings show a new 11,000-square-foot natural foods market at 10th and R streets in downtown Sacramento. The store, dubbed Market 5-ONE-5, would be owned by Raley’s. Raley’s, Stafford King Wiese

A new natural foods supermarket owned by Raley’s will be constructed in a former office furniture store along downtown Sacramento’s burgeoning R Street arts corridor.

The 11,000-square-foot market will be under the umbrella of the Raley’s brand, but will be operated independently, the company said. The new concept, dubbed Market 5-ONE-5, is being described as an indoor farmers market and was the brainchild of Raley’s president and CEO Michael Teel.

The new store would be much smaller than full-service grocery stores. Raley’s will seek City Council approval later this month to build a new 55,000-square-foot supermarket on Freeport Boulevard in South Land Park.

Company representatives and elected officials will formally announce the new downtown store at a news conference Tuesday. The store is going into the California Office Furniture building at 10th and R streets, across 10th from Fox & Goose Public House. Construction is expected to begin within three months, and the store should be open by the spring.

A news release said the store “will strive to source products that meet the highest quality standards – minimally processed, organic (when available), sustainably sourced and free of elements not found in nature.”

“I want to go back to the basics and create a store that is reminiscent of a neighborhood corner market but with a focus on nutritious food at a fair value,” Teel said in a written statement. “Market 5-ONE-5 will be an unpretentious, inclusive and straightforward shopping experience.”

The market will stand at the opposite end of the R Street corridor from the new Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, a 46,000-square-foot store that opened in October at 28th and R streets. Other grocery chains have eyed the central city, including Whole Foods, which abandoned its plan to build a store on L Street.

Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents downtown, said the Raley’s project “is another vote of confidence in the resurgence of downtown” and that the indoor farmers market concept will appeal to downtown residents.

“For a long time, downtown residents have said there aren’t enough grocery options,” he said. “Particularly for the R Street corridor, I think it will really be embraced by the people who live around there.”

The company will lease the building from developer Ali Youssefi, who developed the nearby Warehouse Artist Lofts on R Streets.

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op opened its new store on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Former Co-op general manager Paul Cultera showed off the larger new store at 28th and R streets.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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