The ribbon-cuttings kicked off a six-week celebration that will include weekend parking-lot events featuring music and product sampling, plus discounts to local sporting events and concerts
Los Altos, the new name for the stores, refers to a region in Mexico from which both families that own the stores — the Cardenas and Gonzalez families — originated.
A presidential welcome
Miguel Gonzalez, president of Northgate Gonzalez, speaks during the opening of a Los Altos store in Phoenix, flanked (in the green shirt behind the store employee in beige) by Dan Sanders, general manager of CNG Ranch, which owns the 11 Los Altos stores.
The band from Central High School in Phoenix entertains a group of store employees and consumers after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Father Alex Moran, of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Phoenix, offers a blessing inside the store as it opened to the public under its new name. He is flanked to his right by Miguel Gonzalez, president of Northgate Gonzalez Market and co-owner of CNG Ranch, which owns the Los Altos stores.
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