Grocery remodel almost done

City Market’s $2.27M upgrade includes sushi bar, new decor

Lynn Hackler, general manager of south City Market, said the remodeling job that started in January will be finished by Nov. 14, when the store plans to have its grand reopening. Enlarge photo

STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald

Lynn Hackler, general manager of south City Market, said the remodeling job that started in January will be finished by Nov. 14, when the store plans to have its grand reopening.

Finding the front door and parking at south City Market should be much easier starting Nov. 14 when the 10-month remodel of the supermarket is suppose to be completed and all exterior scaffolding removed.

The temporary reconfigurations of the entrance and parking lot to allow for construction have been a “little aggravating” to regular customer Mike McMahon.

“But I do get the impression that they’re trying to make us happy,” he said.

In recognition of the inconvenience, the store will do some customer-appreciation activities during the reopening, said Kelli McGannon, a corporate spokeswoman for the store at 6 Town Plaza.

Plans are still tentative, but they might include special deals and face-painting for kids.

According to its construction permit, City Market spent $2.27 million on the extensive remodel, which also required some temporary closings.

New amenities include a new interior decor, a sushi bar, a cheese station and expanded restrooms, with three toilet stalls for women compared to one toilet stall and a urinal for men, according to the work permit.

The floral and pharmacy departments were also relocated and the employees’ lounge was renovated, but the overall, 50,000-square-foot footprint of the building did not change.

City Market has occupied the site since 1986. It was formerly a Montgomery Ward department store.

Shopping at City Market should remain relatively peaceful for the near future as the chain has no plans to remodel its other store on north Main.

jhaug@durangoherald.com

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