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Canyon Country Vons expanding

Posted: November 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The first step to expanding and remodeling the Vons Market at Sand Canyon Center in Canyon Country took place when crews broke ground on Thursday. This project will give the supermarket 52,900 square feet of space.

Ground was broken for the expansion of the Vons supermarket at the Sand Canyon Shopping Center in Canyon Country on Thursday.

Built in 1977, the current grocery store occupies 34,324 square feet of the retail center, said Carlos Illingworth, director of public affairs and government relations for Vons. The expansion and remodel will give the supermarket 52,900 square feet of space, he said.

The expansion will increase the current grocery store’s size by 55 percent and will include a Starbucks and pharmacy, said Lori Raya, president of the Vons chain.

“We’ll also be able to hire at least an additional 25 employees to add to our team of 87,” Raya said.

Property Development Centers purchased the retail center in 2011, but is a wholly owned subsidiary of Safeway, the parent company of Vons. The company plans to also make maintenance repairs to the shopping center and add new landscaping and lighting.

“We’re in the process of finalizing leases with banks, restaurants and other retailers and service providers who will make a great addition to the community,” said Dave Zylstra, PDC chief operating officer for the development company.

Many small businesses — some that had operated out of the Sand Canyon Shopping Center for decades — were displaced earlier this year to make way for expansion of the grocery store. Some complained rents were raised by as much as 30 percent, but officials with the companies involved would not comment at the time.

"Our goal was to retain as many existing tenants as possible, while providing space for the expansion and remodel of our Vons Store," Illingworth said. "As part of our normal course of business, we evaluated lease prices and found that many rates had not been adjusted for years. We simply brought them into line with rates at comparable retail centers."

From the vantage point of the parking lot, Vons grocery will enlarge its store by expanding to the right of its existing grocery store.

"We are relocating the Round Table Pizza and Rainbow Cleaners to other spaces within the center, to make room for our expanded store," Illingworth said.



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