City Market remodel in Steamboat to last until end of year |

City Market remodel in Steamboat to last until end of year

Safeway merger finalized

A lawsuit was settled earlier this month related to New York-based private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management's $9.2 billion purchase of Safeway grocery stores. The settlement paves the way for Cerberus to merge Safeway with the Albertsons stores it already owns, making the new 2,400-store chain second only to Kroger in size. Initial news of the merger in March was met with warnings from industry experts of store closures, but no such indications have come from the company as of yet.

— The City Market in Central Park Plaza currently is undergoing a remodel that will modernize the store and improve the shopping experience for customers, according to spokeswoman Kelli McGannon.

Progress already is marked by plastic tarps concealing construction in what was the floral and produce sections, and the store is closing early at 9 p.m. nightly to give crews more time to work.

“We’re hoping to have it done late fourth quarter,” McGannon said. She declined to say how much the total renovation would cost.

The remodel will include changes to the look of the store such as paint, new tile and dedicated entrance and exit doors, opposed to the one set of doors currently in place.

“It will be a visible change,” McGannon said.

New features will be added to the store, as well.

McGannon said there will be a new pharmacy area and a place for counseling with pharmacists.

New York-based cheese company Murray’s will have a destination in the revamped store, offering an expanded variety of cheeses and staff trained to pair cheese with meals and “really inspire some culinary taste,” McGannon said.

Murray’s and Kroger, which owns City Market, have a relationship where the cheese company has a presence in select stores across the nation. On the Western Slope, that includes Avon, Dillon, El Jebel and Aspen.

“They really are the cheese experts,” McGannon said.

In City Market’s deli, selections have been expanded to include Boar’s Head meats as of the past week.

There also will be a new sushi destination in the remodeled store, according to McGannon.

The selection of natural and organic foods will continue to expand, she said, and City Market remains committed to stocking local and regional products in its stores.

“We don’t build cookie-cutter stores,” McGannon said. “Each store is reflective of the community.”

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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