Ralphs store set to reopen

The La Cañada Ralphs supermarket will open its doors to the public for the first time in five weeks on Friday, Oct. 22, following the completion of the store's $12 million remodel.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon to celebrate the new look, while the store itself will open at 7 a.m. The original reopening was scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 15, but was pushed back due to setbacks with construction.

Roque Sandoval, the assistant manager of the La Cañada Ralphs, said he is excited to reopen and get shoppers back in.

"It's very weird, walking through the store all by yourself," Sandoval said. "It's especially weird having no customers around on our busiest day, Sunday."

The project stands to increase sales dramatically by drawing in new shoppers, Sandoval said.

The entire store was revamped during the construction. The biggest change is the store's layout, which may take some time to get acclimated to at first, Sandoval said.

"The regular customers are probably not going to enjoy the layout right away because pretty much everything is in a different place now," he said.

Customers aren't the only ones who will be getting their first peek at the updated store on Oct. 22. The store's hourly employees will return to their same old place of work and find a whole new look. Salaried employees were the only ones who worked within the site during the remodel. Hourly employees were temporarily transferred to a nearby store.

"It's going to be great to get everyone back," Sandoval said. "They are all ready to come back to work."

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