SAN DIEGO -- Mission Hills and Hillcrest residents will once again have another grocery store to choose from, with the reconstructed Vons supermarket opening later this week.
Under construction for the past 11 months, the new store at 515 W. Washington St. will open at 3 pm Thursday, March 29, following a ribbon- cutting ceremony.
Safeway, the parent company of Vons, has owned and operated a 12,000-square foot store at this location since 1958, but the original store’s size and layout prohibited them from carrying more products and expanding services.
“This new Vons has been an exciting opportunity to work in cooperation with our Mission Hills and Hillcrest neighbors to build the state-of-the-art store that will serve their community for many years,” said Lori Raya, president of Safeway’s Vons Division. “The new facility, which is nearly 58,000 square feet, will meet every customer need and convenience.”
The store includes larger, full-service floral, deli, bakery, meat and seafood departments, as well as the “Farmers Market,” an expanded produce section with organic selections. Expanded beer, wine and liquor areas have also been added.
The location also features a Starbucks with interior seating and WiFi, as well as a pharmacy with an enclosed waiting area. Customers will also notice expanded check-stand areas, self-checkout stations, a new outside seating area, as well as garage parking with multiple access points, elevators, escalators and cart movers.
In terms of jobs, the store will have a team of around 120 employees, including 70 new hires.
“We are excited to have several returning employees who worked at the store prior to closure,” Raya said. “Seeing those familiar faces again will spark fun reunions with our long-time customers.”
To celebrate its grand opening, Vons is hosting a wine tasting on Wednesday from 6-9 pm to benefit Mama’s Kitchen. The reception will feature a variety of high-end wines, hors d’oeuvres, artisan cheeses, a dessert bar, and live jazz entertainment by the K8 Stewart Experience.
The wine tasting is open to the community for those 21 and older. Tickets will be sold at the door for a minimum $25 donation.
The store has created a Facebook page for customers to interact and receive additional information about the new store. Click HERE to view the page.