Breck City Market to close in November for remodeling
BRECKENRIDGE – City Market shoppers will have to learn another store layout after the Breckenridge store closes for six days for extensive remodeling.
The store will close at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and reopen at 6 a.m. Nov. 7.
Some remodeling has taken place already, said store manager Denise Helmick.
Freezer cases have been replaced, the salad bar has been moved to the deli section, customer service is now located at the entrance of the store and the produce section has been rearranged. Additionally, the air conditioning and heating systems were replaced and new compressors installed.
But more changes are in the making. Store officials next month will remove all the products from the store, tear out shelves, retile the floor, erect new shelves, realign aisles, paint and install new carpet and decor.
“The refrigerated cases are 10 to 15 years old,” Helmick said. “They needed to be replaced. They have a certain life expectancy. They’re all beat up from having been run into. Plus there’s normal wear and tear when you have thousands of people coming through the store every week.”
The pharmacy – the only department that will remain open during the store closure – will be expanded into the area photo and video currently occupy. Those two departments will be relocated to the south end of the store, along with floral and a one-hour photo shop. An additional checkstand also will be added.
Helmick said the changes will bring a “brighter, fresher” look to the store, as well as providing space to expand what the store has to offer. Of note, she said, will be larger selections in the deli and bakery, a wider variety of organic, ethnic and gourmet foods and an expanded produce section with the removal of the first two aisles at the south end of the store.
That will mean another learning curve for customers. For example, Helmick said, juice products currently stocked in the first aisle will be moved to the dairy case, currently in the 16th aisle. Lunch meat will be moved but will still be in the back, along with the meat department and milk.
“I think it’s a difficult process, but ultimately it’ll be good for the store and good for the customers, too,” Helmick said. “We needed a face-lift. We had so many worn-out cases and fixtures, it was time to take care of that.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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