The growl of landscaper equipment outside and the hum of power tools inside attest to the preparations moving into final stages for the June 26 opening of the new King Soopers store at West Belleview Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.
“Everyone is working hard to have everything ready for the grand opening,” Jeri Dayton, assistant manager of the new store, said in a June 10 interview. “Things are coming together and, starting today, we have crews beginning to put groceries on shelves.”
A King Soopers has occupied the Belleview/Federal location since the 1960s. There were some upgrades and remodeling done, but the store was too small, so the decision was made in 2012 to demolish the building and replace it with a large, modern facility.
King Soopers first had to negotiate leases to be able to demolish the small stores in the shopping center surrounding the supermarket. When that was done, demolition was begun on the $17 million project that will double the size of the grocery store and will include a drive-through pharmacy and a service station.
“We will be open 24 hours a day and will have a total staff of about 175, and about a third of those are new positions,” Dayton said. “We held a job fair on May 27 to hire our new people.”
She said there will be a Starbucks inside the new King Soopers, plus there will be a larger selection of non-food items like toys and tabletop appliances. She also said there will be a wide selection of specialty meats and cheeses.
“This will be more of a market concept where a customer can buy most of the food and other items needed for the home,” Dayton said.
The store will open for business at 6 a.m. June 26 and it will be a 24-hour location. A ribbon-cutting and celebration is scheduled about 9 a.m. on opening day.