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Fareway undergoes complete remodel

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RED OAK — The 29-year-old Fareway grocery store in Red Oak is getting a facelift.

From floor to ceiling, manager Kerry Carlson said it will be a brand new store in the coming months.

“When I say floor to ceiling, I really mean it,” Carlson said. “Pretty much everything you see will be brand new. It really is an exciting time.”

Aside from basic remodeling, including fresh paint and new ceiling and floor tiles, the store will also be adding more display room.

A 1,500-square-foot back storage room was added to the building, which will allow the north side, which currently houses excess stock, to be opened up, adding another aisle and a half. Carlson said this extra space will be used partly to expand on their organic and gluten-free section, which customers have requested, according to Carlson.

Also, an additional 24-foot produce case has been added to the east wall, allowing more space for fresh, organic fruits and vegetables the store didn’t have room to carry before.

The meat counter will be extended 12 feet, and a new self-serve meat case has been installed along with a new dairy case eventually.

The frozen foods section will be seeing new changes as well with the addition of 66-door freezer uprights, which will allow the store to carry a wider variety of frozen foods. Also, a new refrigerator will beinstalled for cold beer.

Finally, Carlson said the store has gotten new check-out lanes and conveyer belts, and construction is underway on new bathrooms. New shopping carts will also be purchased.

Carlson said they are looking for a completion date of March 15, and while the store will remain open throughout this entire process, they will be having a grand reopening ceremony, which will be announced at a later date. 

“This really is a long time coming,” Carlson said. “These floors and registers and everything else really served their purpose, but I think this is going to be a great thing for our customers and the community. After all, this is driven by our customers and their business, that’s what makes it all happen.”