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 theyre 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.