Members of the Mammoth Town Council and other community leaders joined Vons executives last Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the new and improved Mammoth Lakes Vons, a project that cost nearly $5 million.
After four months of construction, the upgraded Vons has a new look, more floor space to shop and new lines of products. Vons President, Lori Raya, was quoted in a Vons’ press release. She said, “You won’t find anything like it at any other store in our division.” The facelift is described as “rustic.” Raya said, “We wanted to capture Mammoth’s character as a mountain town while we made in-store improvements.”
By use of more than 3,000 square feet of space in the Vons-owned shopping area next to the store, the company was able to relocate the Starbucks and pharmacy, which also allowed for expanded offerings in the main store.
Vons officials said that in the store’s produce department customers will find a larger section of specialty vegetables, including a 16-foot “kale corner” featuring six different types of regular and organic kale.
The store also added two 12-foot glass display cases in the meat and seafood department, and now carries bread and other fresh baked goods from Schat’s Bakery, as well as coffee bean varieties from the Looney Bean Roasting Company.
Mammoth Mayor Rick Wood is quoted by Vons as saying, “Council recently prioritized economic development and the Vons remodel represents a catalyst for positive change in our community.” Wood also commended the grocery chain for taking what he called a comprehensive local approach to the project, while also adding 19 permanent positions to the store’s team.
In celebration of the store’s grand opening, Vons representatives presented the Mammoth Schools NOW Education Foundation with a $5,000 donation to support the public schools in the surrounding community.