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Stater Bros. moves ahead with store upgrades

Four remodeled locations set to make debut

Continuing a flurry of store remodels, Stater Bros. tomorrow plans to hold grand reopenings at four locations.

The Southern California supermarket chain said it will reopen renovated stores in Santa Ana (2360 North Tustin Ave.), Calimesa (1155 Calimesa Blvd.), West Covina (375 North Azusa Ave.) and Rancho Cucamonga (9750 Nineteenth St.) on Sept. 5.

Along with an enhanced layout, the remodeled stores feature interior upgrades such as new flooring and energy-efficient LED lighting. Customers also will see a wider selection of premium wines and an expanded section for freshly prepared, grab-and-go food items.

The remodel of the West Covina store also will bring FujiSan Handcrafted Sushi, made in-house daily at a dedicated sushi island; a display case with an assortment of fresh fruit cut in-store each day; and a bulk food station offering a selection of nuts, dried fruit and snacks sold by weight, according to Stater Bros.

“Providing a pleasant shopping experience, taking good care of our customers and supporting the communities we serve remains at the core of our business," Chief Executive Officer Pete Van Helden said in a statement.

The retailer’s latest reopenings follow the premiere of five other remodeled stores on July 18 in Moreno Valley (25900 Iris Ave.), the Woodcrest area of Riverside (17050 Van Buren Blvd.), Yorba Linda (18527 Yorba Linda Blvd.), Upland (1619 North Mountain Ave.) and Jurupa Valley (11070 Limonite Ave.).

Among those stores, Stater Bros. noted that the Woodcrest and Jurupa Valley locations now feature a more open store layout with a widened perimeter, while the Moreno Valley store added the sushi island, bulk food station and fresh-cut fruit display.

In March, Stater Bros. reopened another remodeled store in Rancho Cucamonga (7200 Day Creek Blvd.). And this fall, the grocer plans to open its first store — on a former Vons location — in Pasadena, which also will be the retailer’s westernmost store in the San Gabriel Valley.

Overall, Stater Bros. operates 171 supermarkets in the Southern California market.

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