The Food City store at 3442 W. Van Buren Road in Phoenix, Arizona, reopened May 27 after being damaged by fire. The store opened with a reusable bag giveaway and a ribbon cutting. To celebrate the reopening, Food City will hold a socially distant event on Wednesday, June 3.
At 6 a.m. that day, the Food City team will give away a reusable shopping bag filled with groceries and goodies to the first 300 customers who check out with their purchases. A socially distant ribbon cutting also will take at 9 a.m. that day.
The supermarket had been closed since September 2019, when a fire in an adjacent building damaged a significant portion of the surrounding shopping center. The store not only was restored from fire and smoke damage, but it also was remodeled to better serve customers. The newly refurbished Food City location features wall-to-wall remerchandising and the introduction of an all new baby aisle, along with an expanded in-store restaurant. Shoppers will find many of their favorite items in new, expanded locations to accommodate a larger product and service selection.
Highlights of the remodeled store include:
- Outside grilling;
- An expanded restaurant and aguas frescas station;
- A produce section stocked with the freshest, most affordable fruits and vegetables;
- A bakery with desserts made from scratch (like pan dulce, tres leches and other specialty cakes);
- A tortilleria that makes homemade flour and corn tortillas daily;
- A meat department with barbecue and taco boxes, free marinates and a wide seafood selection;
- A fresh cheese section and a wall of spices to add flavor to homemade meals; and
- A pharmacy that accepts most health insurance plans.
In addition, this Food City store underwent a baby department upgrade and expansion, giving it more than 600 additional products that range from everyday needs like formula, diapers and early stages of food to breastfeeding supplies and health and wellness items.
Recognizing that many residents who live in nearby neighborhoods face transportation challenges, Food City will offer a transportation shuttle for shoppers who spend $25 or more in the store.
With a more than-60-year reputation of service to the Hispanic community in Arizona, Food City carries aisles of traditional Mexican foods along with items found in a traditional grocery store. Food City also reaches out to the community by hiring people from the neighborhoods it serves. The community-focused grocery store is known for holding car seat and water safety events, mobile dental clinics, back-to-school immunizations, backpack giveaways and other cultural celebrations.