Shoppers swarm new City Market for grand opening

Meadow Gold Dairy’s Shawna Fox, left, peeks around the edge of the wheel to see what Amanda Potter, right, of Grand Junction has won after spinning the wheel at the Meadow Gold booth during Wednesday’s grand opening.

Shoppers packed the aisles searching for specialty items and free treats on opening day Wednesday at Grand Junction’s newest City Market.

The store at 630 24 Road offered free coffee, doughnuts, cake and door prizes beginning at 8 a.m., two hours after the 24-hour store officially opened for business.

“The word free draws everybody out,” shopper Eric Turner said while waiting in a prize-drawing line.

Festivities lured Turner to the store for the first time, but its location assures it won’t be his last trip there. Turner lives near the store and said he and his wife have been waiting for a grocery store with good prices to open closer to home.

Like many Redlands and northwestern Grand Junction residents touring the store Wednesday morning, Sandy Parker said she is excited to have a grocery store and pharmacy closer to home, so she doesn’t have to drive downtown for her shopping needs.

“We thought it was a great bonus, being close to the neighborhood. I know I’m going to shop here,” Parker said.

The new store has a wide selection of deli and meat items, a bakery, plenty of premade items and loads of fresh produce, offerings likely to attract health-conscious and “foodie” shoppers. Claire Mannarino snatched up some of the store’s Boar’s Head salami and praised its nutritional content.

“For specialty items, this is the place to be,” Mannarino said.

The 24 Road store is the first City Market to open in Grand Junction in 20 years.


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