More than 100 people came out to participate in the grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony that took place under the “Starbucks coming soon” sign at the Denison Albertsons on Wednesday morning.
Denison Mayor Janet Gott bragged about the remodel, as well as mentioning the Starbucks set to open inside the store in mid-November. It is expected to be the first Starbucks in the city. A free-standing Starbucks is going into the Gateway Village on Highway 75. That store is currently under construction and expected to be open by the end of the year.
“What an exciting day this is. We can’t be more excited that Albertsons has made the decision to invest, again, to Denison. We are excited, we’re glad you are a part of Denison. Denison is moving forward with your help,” Gott said.
Robert Dickson, vice-president of the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce, talked about what the remodel means to the community.
“On behalf of the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to congratulate Albertsons on the fantastic remodel. What a difference it makes to walk into the store. We’ve heard comments from citizens already (about) how great it is,” Dickson said.
Albertsons joining the Denison Chamber was a big part of the ceremony as the ribbon cutting was a celebration on the part of the chamber.
Cathy Fields, Albertsons district manager, said it was a collaborative effort making the new remodel possible. She also said their business has been committed to community service since its founding.
“We’re here to celebrate. We can’t be any prouder with the store team. We’re so dedicated to the city of Denison. We’re excited to be here, we have one goal: Provide a great shopping experience each and every day,” Fields said.
Fields also talked about the new organic produce section. Pointing around the store to the different sections that are new, she drew attention to the fan shop selling football-related items.
Store manager Mike Tol said he is proud of his team for what they accomplished. He introduced several of the store’s team leaders before cutting the ribbon.
“We’re very excited to finally complete this remodel that Denison deserves,” Tol said. “It’s been my pleasure to work in this neighborhood. I am a hometown Denison/Pottsboro person. It is my pleasure to get this new and fresh store open.”
Tony Kaai praised Albertsons role in the community.
“Albertsons has been a great corporate partner in our community providing excellent service to our citizens. They have been rewarded by all this investment upgrading this store to a higher level,” Kaai said.
Tol, who has been with the company since 1986, bragged about his team. He said they had a combined experience of over 200 years in the grocery business.
“Our focus is on providing fresh products while offering legendary customer service at the lowest prices. All of the new offerings will help us provide a better shopping experience,” Tol said.
Tol said customers have told him they are impressed with the wood floor. The décor is a big draw, but Tol said, it’s the new offerings that improve the customer experience.
Some of the highlights Tol said listed are expanded eating options. The store added a sushi bar, a wing bar and a hot bar. Other food options he talked about are the expanded deli and bakery featuring more fresh items.
“Our expanded produce section has been one of the overwhelming biggest improvements to customers,” Tol said.
The store also features a new beer and wine section.
There were also gift bags handed out to the first 100 customers go to through the shopping line on Wednesday. The police department, fire department and Lamar Elementary were given gift certificates as a sign of Albertsons appreciation for the community.