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Raley’s has opened a state-of-the-art store in Sacramento focused on health and wellness, as well as more sustainable operations. It is the first of five that the West Sacramento, Calif.-based grocer will open over the next 18 months.
Located in the Campus Commons/Arden neighborhood, the 35,000-square-foot store offers an extensive assortment of fresh, high-quality food in a unique shopping experience. It also boasts environmentally friendly features such as solar panels.
“This new store has an even greater focus on health and wellness, with a larger assortment of natural and organic offerings,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s chairman and CEO. “The amenities and product mix reflect the direction I envision for all of our stores and will serve this neighborhood well. We are excited to expand our vision to a new market area in Sacramento.”
Customers can enjoy specialized culinary offerings, including an enhanced foodservice counter with a kombucha bar, sushi, a meat-carving station, a salad/hot food case, and more. Additional highlights include a boutique-like bulk food section featuring spices, herbs and grains, as well as an expanded vitamin and supplement department. To enhance the personalized shopping experience, Raley’s will have on staff two nutritionists and a wine steward to offer guidance in their respective fields to customers.
In terms of eco-friendliness, the store is equipped with solar panels that can generate 2 megawatts of power. The system successfully generates much of the energy needed on-site, relieving pressure on the grid during peak hours. In addition, the location includes many energy-efficient features, including refrigeration and lighting. In partnership with Houston-based EVgo, the store has two fast-charging stations, which can provide up to 80 miles of electric range in 25-30 minutes.
“Sustainability is and will be part of infusing life with health and happiness for many years to come, as we pave the way to healthier communities,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s president and COO. “We designed this store with this neighborhood in mind, offering specialized design features, fresh food offerings and personalized customer service.”