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Raley’s Opens First Fresh Market in Oakdale

Grand Opening Celebration Offers Events, Entertainment and Giveaways to Customers

By Amy Johnston | Wednesday April 16, 2008

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – On Wednesday, April 30, the new Raley’s store at 1550 East F Street in Oakdale will officially open for business, bringing exceptional customer service and Raley’s signature one-of-a-kind shopping experience to the community.

With an inviting store ambiance and convenient store layout, customers are sure to enjoy their newest neighborhood store, with expanded product selection and convenient services, making a trip to the grocery store more than just another chore.

“We are very pleased to be opening our newest Raley’s Fresh Market in Oakdale,” said Raley’s President and CEO, Bill Coyne. “We look forward to becoming a part of this special community. We warmly invite our Oakdale neighbors to come and discover the exceptional quality of our meat and produce, our extensive wine and gourmet cheese selection, along with our world-class customer service! All are invited to visit, browse, and celebrate with us at the Grand Opening of our newest Raley’s Fresh Market.”

The grand opening of the new store brings an array of celebratory events to Oakdale, commencing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the store. Community members and local dignitaries will be onsite to kick off the opening day and officially declare the store open for business, including Farrell Jackson, the Mayor of Oakdale and Mary Guardiola, CEO of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. Customers will enjoy coffee and refreshments, food sampling and many in-store giveaways, including free bags of groceries throughout the Grand Opening day. Later that afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot, customers can sample savory, barbequed Tri-Tip and enjoy live country and bluegrass music by The Bayou Boys from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The store celebration extends into the weekend with Champion Pro Bull Rider Chad Denton rounding up some fun in Oakdale – known as the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’ – with a guest appearance at Raley’s from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. On Saturday, May 3, Joe Theismann, former quarterback for the Washington Redskins and NFL great visits the store from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for an exclusive autograph signing! At the Something Extra Open House on Sunday, May 4, guests will enjoy free sampling from local vendors and cooking demonstrations featuring authentic Latin cuisine

The store features a wide array of services and foods specifically designed for busy customers, including:
Fine Bakery and Fresh Deli, offering fresh-baked breads, prepared salads and fully-cooked entrées ready to heat-and-eat
Full Service Meat and Seafood, featuring Black Angus Beef and fresh seafood
Natural Foods, a signature department featuring natural supplements and organic offerings
Produce Department, offering the best in AgriCheck certified produce and organic produce
Peet’s Coffee & Tea, serving specialty coffee drinks and exotic tea blends
Gourmet Sandwich Shop, featuring grilled panini sandwiches
Soup Kiosk, pour a cup of gourmet, hot soup
Cheese Island, with dozens of gourmet cheeses to pair with food and wine
Self-Service Sizzling Wok, offering hot Chinese food
Chef-Prepared Sushi, hand-rolled and made fresh every day
Fresh Take-and-Bake Pizza, delicious meals made to order
For customers to make the most out of their shopping trip:
Self-Checkout, four do-it-yourself stands give customers another option
Floral Department, offering beautiful pre-arranged fresh flowers and custom arrangements
Guaranty Bank, an in-store branch allows customers to shop and bank in one trip to the store

Community Commitment:
Raley’s also offers its customers an easy way to give to local residents in need. The company brings a strong commitment to each community it serves with its support of Food For Families, its own non-profit charity that gathers donations year-round from customers and colleagues to help feed the hungry in the communities each store serves. One hundred percent of donations made in Oakdale will go to the local chapter of The Salvation Army, which serves families in need in the community.

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