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Eagle City Market plans surprise for shoppers

EAGLE — The Eagle City Market plans to give its shoppers an early Christmas present by opening its new 16,000 square foot addition in time for the holiday.

"The intention is customers will be able to experience the addition prior to Christmas, if all things fall into place," said Eagle City Market manager Dave Betts. "I think that will be very exciting for our customers. They will finally be able to see what's been going on behind that plastic."

The store's bakery and deli departments will return in their new digs when the addition opens and the store's new, expansive Starbucks is also part of the addition.

"The existing Starbucks will be closing (Thursday) before reopening in its new space prior to Christmas," said Betts. "We know that will be an inconvenience to our every day Starbucks shoppers, but I promise it will be short lived."

Positive changes

Betts predicts shoppers will be impressed with the expansive feel of the addition space.

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"The addition has tall ceilings and it just feels really big. It will be a wide open space that people will enjoy," he said.

The addition opening also means the store's new main entrance will debut. That is good news on several levels.

Betts noted the new main entrance opening will help the store's parking lot function better. "And we are excited about having the grocery carts back inside," he said.

For employees, the new main entrance will mean more comfort because as the temperature has dipped, plastic sheeting and open front door have meant a chilly work environment.

"It's been like sitting in your living room with the front door wide open," said Betts.

Project completion

While the addition is slated to open in a few weeks, the overall store expansion and remodel won't quite be finished. Once the addition is open, crews will turn their attention to the existing store. When completed, the store will jump from 41,000 square feet to 57,000 square feet.

Betts said re-merchandizing at the store is planned for Jan. 3-11.

"All the shelving in the store will be new, so every aisle will have to be re-done," said Betts. "Our customers and our employees will have to learn new locations for items."

Some of the market aisles, including the nutrition options, will be expanded.

"Hang in there. We know that this has all been hard, but it's going to be awesome when it is done," said Betts. "It will be very exciting. Not convenient maybe, but exciting."

Betts thanked his employees and the store customers for their patience with the remodel.

"I get nice comments about the attitudes of our employees through all this," he said. "Our customers have been very supportive."