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Grocery Outlet fills void in Gardnerville

The parking lot of the Carson Valley Fair Shopping Center in Gardnerville filled up quickly Thursday with the opening of Grocery Outlet. Spaces will become even more scarce when Bealls department store opens in October. "We've been excited about this for months, and today's the big day," said Kevin Talley, Grocery Outlet owner operator. "The store is actually yours. I'm an ambassador to you." The 22,000-square-foot store carries dry goods, frozen foods, fresh produce, alcohol, home goods, organic products and more. "I can save people money," Talley said. "We have great values. We deal with major manufacturers. My motto is 'Shop with us first, we'll save you money.'" Shopping at Grocery Outlet since 1994, Gardnerville resident John Smith was no stranger to the savings Grocery Outlet offers. "I spent $43, and saved $73 on all name brand stuff," Smith said pointing to his receipt. "People are going to save at least 40 percent. For people on a budget this would be the first store to come to." Carson Valley Community Food Closet was presented with $1,000 worth of food at Thursday's opening. "I'm really excited about this partnership," said Sarah Sanchez, food closet director. "This is what's going to keep the food closet going — community collaboration like this where we're getting fresh food on a daily basis." Pam Miles of Gardnerville has been shopping Grocery Outlet for 10 years. "We were very pleased it was coming," she said of the store. "The prices are reasonable. I like Grocery Outlet because I can shop here and at my local store and not overspend." Longtime shopper Karen Harris was happy she didn't have to drive to Carson City anymore to shop. "I was a single mom and lived up at the Lake, and I would drive down and shop at the Carson store because of the good deals," the now Gardnerville resident said. "This store turned out really nice, and they're cheaper on some things." Mother of two small children, Amanda Buteyn, said she shops Grocery Outlet because of the organic and natural products it carries. "I was telling a friend how hard it was to find natural foods and she recommended the store," she said. "I'm happy with what they have here, and it's really nice and clean." Grocery Outlet is having a grand opening Saturday with events from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The store is located at 1329 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. every day.

DCSD receives donation

Douglas County School District received more than $13,000 in funds during the 2016-17 school year from the Grocery Outlet and store owners Chris and Sam Calhoun. The Calhouns sponsor the Script Program at the store — 5 percent of customer expenditures in the store are donated to Douglas County schools, Superintendent Teri White said. A total of $6,724 was donated to the district in the spring and a similar amount was donated in the fall, White said. Funds are used to support professional development and student behavior intervention programs, improve playgrounds and fund extra field trips. Schools that received funds were Zephyr Cove Elementary, $202; Carson Valley Middle, $804; Minden Elementary, $1,026; Scarselli Elementary, $1,065; Pau Wa Lu Middle, $1,138; Gardnerville Elementary, $1,219; and Meneley Elementary, $1,270. “The District feels very lucky to have so much community support and thanks our families for shopping at Grocery Outlet and Grocery Outlet for their generous support of our students,” White said.

Grocery Outlet going into Scolari’s

Grocery Outlet and Bealls Department Store and a third tenant could fill the spot left by the former Scolari's Grocery Store. Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky said both stores submitted plans to the county for design review. The third tenant has not been identified, but would take around 7,500 feet of the former grocery store. Grocery Outlet Vice President for Real Estate Phil Coyle confirmed that the store would take up to 22,000 square feet of the building. "We have a signed lease with Gabrielson & Co. to take up a big chunk of that store," Coyle said. He said Carson Valley residents have contacted the company encouraging them to come down. "We've had a demand over the years from residents in Minden and Gardnerville, but haven't had a lot of vacancies there," he said. "With the closing of another Scolari's, it seemed like a good opportunity to meet the demand. We'll serve our customers there who have been driving further and pick up a lot of new customers." Coyle said Grocery Outlet took over when the Lemmon Valley Scolari's closed. "We had a really good experience," he said. "We did a complete remodel of that store inside and out, and we plan to do a repeat performance in Gardnerville." Coyle said he hoped to be in the store by June 2014, but there was a lot of work to do. "The landlord is going to come in with a plan to do a facelift to split the space," he said. "There's going to be room for another quality retailer in there. We're going to do a beautiful job like we did in Lemmon Valley." Coyle said both Grocery Outlet and the landlord will be spending a substantial amount of money to upgrade the space. "Our new stores are quite attractive, and we're there for the long haul," he said. "Everything will be brand new." Grocery Outlet owns 200 stores each of which is managed by an owner-operator. "That owner-operator may come from the community," he said. "Whoever's in charge will be immersed in the community. We want people to know that the store is locally owned and operated." Bealls is a operated by Stage Stores headquartered in Texas, according to their Web site. The company also operates Goody's, Peebles, Palais Royal, and Stage stores. The average store size is 18,350 square feet. Scolari's closed on Nov. 29 after 22 years in Gardnerville. The 47,950 square foot building would be split between the three stores.

Grocery Outlet store opening July 31

Grocery Outlet's new store in Gardnerville will have a soft opening and ribbon-cutting event on July 31 and a public grand opening Aug. 2. Locally based independent operator and owner Kevin Talley said the store will bring great bargains to the Gardnerville community. Talley has worked in the grocery industry for 40 years. After working at Safeway for 31 years, he said he decided to open a Grocery Outlet to get back to the heart and reason he is passionate about the grocery industry, which are the people and the community he serves. "I take pride in giving back to the community by opening this new Grocery Outlet location," Talley said. "I am honored to offer high quality products at affordable prices to shoppers, create new jobs for local residents, and give back to local nonprofits and organizations to help those in need." Talley recently held a job fair where he interviewed over 200 applicants. He filled 40 positions and is currently fully staffed for the store opening. The store will open its doors 8 a.m. July 31 and host the ribbon-cutting event at 9 a.m. The store will host a public grand opening event 8 a.m. Aug. 2 that will feature free coffee and treats, free eco-frugal reusable bag for the first 500 customers, free Spin & Win on the Wheel of Bargains prizes, free face painting for kids, free play magic cart and more. Attendees can enter to win one of three grand prizes from Aug. 2 through Sept. 5. Grand prizes include a Weber Spirit E-310 Black BBQ purchased at the Gardnerville Ace Hardware, Trek Tandem Bike from Big Daddy's Bicycles & Fitness, and free groceries for a year ($600 value). The prize drawings will be conducted noon Sept. 6 at the Gardnerville store. In addition, attendees to the grand opening event can purchase a hot dog and soda for $1, which the proceeds will benefit WAVE INC. – All Veterans Everywhere. Attendees can also meet their Frugal Friends Lois Prices and Ben Saven, who have scheduled appearances throughout the day. Talley will also donate a pallet of food worth $1,000 to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, which he will present the donation to the food bank at the ribbon-cutting event. The ribbon-cutting event will be officiated by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce. The expansion into Gardnerville is one of 18 new Grocery Outlet stores scheduled to open this year. The Gardnerville store is located at 1329 Highway 395, and will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. For more information go to

Grocery Outlet job fair Wednesday

A job fair at the new Grocery Outlet, which is taking over part of the space occupied by the former Scolari's in Gardnerville, is Wednesday. Douglas County Social Services is hosting the job fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owner operator Kevin Talley said he's looking for 40 employees including checkers, trashers, freight personnel and supervisors. The store is also seeking grocery, dairy-deli, heath & beauty, hardline, produce and frozen food managers. The job fair will be at 1133 Spruce St., Gardnerville. News that Grocery Outlet would take over part of the Scolari's came out in December 2013, just weeks after the grocery store's Black Friday closing. Scolari's had served Gardnerville for 22 years.

Longtime Carson grocery store closing

The Sak ‘N Save on U.S. Highway 50 E., formerly Scolari’s, will close on May 30, the Sparks-based company has confirmed. About 40 employees work at the longtime Carson City grocery store and “a number” may be offered positions at nearby stores in the region, said Ward Dunn, the vice president of marketing for Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, which owns Sak ‘N Save. “Based on a number of factors, it didn’t make sense to continue operations at that location, and we’ll do our best to keep as many associates as possible,” said Joe Scolari, CEO of the grocery store chain. After about 35 years in business, the store re-branded into a Sak ‘N Save in October 2008 in an attempt to cope with the weakening local economy, Dunn said. Sak ‘N Saves generally have fewer options and lower prices than Scolari’s. “It’s a sad thing that we have to do,” Dunn said. “We also know that it’s a healthier situation for the rest of our chain.” The company runs 18 other stores in Nevada and California. The 40,000-square-foot retail space may get some modernization as a result of the vacancy, said Kathy Hone of the Hone Company, a Minden-based real estate company that owns the shopping center. “We’re looking at this as an opportunity,” said Hone, who learned about the closure Friday. “We’re very sorry to see Sak ‘N Save go, they’ve been there many years. They’re a good member of the community.” Terry Potter, a retiree living in Carson City, said he was disappointed to hear the news on Monday while loading groceries into the bed of his pickup truck after shopping at the Sak ‘N Save. “When they closed Lucky over here and moved Longs and moved all of that stuff I started shopping over here,” Potter said. “Prices are extremely competitive to anyplace else that I’ve shopped except WinCo, but I don’t go to Reno all that often.” Carol Tickey said she had yet to get her business license for her new barber shop next door to the Sak ‘N Save when she heard the news. “What a sad day,” Tickey said while sitting in a barber stool inside her business, A Barber Shop. “Because I was hoping to have them next to me, so we could help each other.” Tickey’s first day of business was Tuesday. “That’s just my luck,” she said, chuckling. “Doggone it.” Pam Anderson, owner of Straw Hat Pizza, opened for business in the same shopping center as Sak ‘N Save last week. Her business used to be located in south Carson City. “I feel bad for the community behind us, especially a lot of the elderly in the back because they’re utilizing this store all the time,” Anderson said. “They’re walking, using their scooters.” Other business owners in the shopping center had mixed opinions about the effect the closure would have on their bottom lines. Leslie Guagliardo, owner of the Cigarettes for Less next door to Sak ‘N Save, said she’s been surveying her customers about whether they directly come to her shop or if they stop by for convenience after grocery shopping. “I’m finding that a good percentage, 80 percent to 90 percent, actually come to this store because they want to come to this store,” Guagliardo said. “I’m sad to see them close because I’m going to lose part of the business, I don’t know if they have plans to have another company come in there. I’m hoping something’s in the process.” Mike Lavin, who has run Carson’s Oak Outlet in the same shopping center as the grocery store since 1991, said he couldn’t believe the news, adding he didn’t think his business would be affected by Sak ‘N Save shuttering. “I’m a destination store,” he said. “They’re coming to me … because they want furniture. So I don’t expect to have much effect on me at all.” Adrian Martinez, owner of Taqueria La Salsa, said business went up when the grocery store re-branded in 2008. But now, he said he has his doubts. “I really think this is going to hurt,” Martinez said.

Francisco’s expanding to Carson

Carson Valley's favorite Mexican eatery will open a restaurant in Carson City. Francisco's, a regular winner in The Record-Courier's Best of Carson Valley, is slated for a spot in the Carson Mall, according to Joanne Holmes, property manager for The Carrington Co. The mall also has signed a department store for the former Gottschalk's space. Bealls, a department and outlet store, has also been reported going into the former Scolari's space in Gardnerville. "We have signed a lease for a new junior anchor," Holmes said. She said Bealls will take the remaining 24,268 square feet in the space near Sportsman's Warehouse, an outdoor-outfitting retail outlet set to open as the mall's major anchor next spring. It will have a store footprint covering more than 40,000 square feet. The former Gardnerville Scolari's will also be home to Grocery Outlet. A spokesman for the store said it is expected to open in June. Tractor Supply store files paperwork The new Minden Tractor Supply Co. obtained its fictitious firm listing, according to the Douglas County Clerk's Office. The retail farm supply store located behind the Maverik on Highway 88 is expected to open in mid-February.

Bealls holds grand opening Thursday

Bealls is holding a grand opening 9 a.m. Oct. 16 with sales on clothing and raffle prizes. The 18,000-square-foot department store carries brands such as Nike, Levi's, Dockers, Skechers, Nine West, Carter's and Keurig. "We sell name-brand clothing at discount prices, some jewelry, makeup, purses, shoes, outerwear, sleepwear, women's, children and petite," store manage Leanne Turrietta said. "This store is great for people who want a better quality of clothing than Walmart." The store employs 13-15 local workers with Turrietta moving from the Carson City store. "They usually go into smaller towns so they can give a choice to people," Turrietta said. "I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in town. If anybody has any problems, ask for me and I'll take care of them." During its grand opening, Bealls is raffling off a Keurig Brewing System, a $500 shopping spree, $250 in designer fragrances and $250 in shoes. Bealls is a chain of 900 department stores nationwide, owned by Stage Stores Inc. and headquartered in Houston, Texas. Store hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 1325 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, next to Grocery Outlet. For more information, call 783-7964.

Bealls opens in Gardnerville

After finishing her shift at Walmart, Gardnerville resident Amanda Howell was the first in line at the grand opening of Bealls on Thursday. "We always go and do grand openings," Howell said of her mother and her. "We look forward to doing mother-daughter shopping days. It's so much fun." A limited edition Gardnerville Bealls T-shirt, specially made for the grand opening, was Howells first purchase. "The store is amazing. I can't wait to see how it does," Howell said. "It saves the time of going up to Carson to the department stores there." Bealls boasts 10 departments from misses, mens and shoes to accessories, fragrances and jewelry. "I like the selection," Gardnerville resident Carol Dettorre said. "They have some nice styles that other stores don't have. The quality of the clothes and prices look good. I'll be back." Debra Porter came to the grand opening to get two pairs of size 13 boots for her 7-year-old twin granddaughters that she found in the Carson City store, but not in the right size. "That was my reason for coming, but as soon as I walked in the store I saw a display for Nike wear," the Minden resident said. "I already need two bags. Minden and Gardnerville needed a store like this for so long. It's more along the department store line. That's what is so great about it." Porter said she hopes the store does well. "A lot of stores open and then are gone, and I don't want to see that happen to this store," she added. "I'm thrilled to death with it." Waiting in line at the dressing room, Manon Koontz talked about the quality of clothes she found. "I did find really cute tops," she said. "I think the prices are good. You get what you pay for, and that's why I don't go to Walmart. With the holidays coming, wow, it will be fun to shop here, and not far from home." Bealls is open 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, and reopens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. The store is located at 1325 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, next to Grocery Outlet. Store hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 783-7964.

Area is good site for ‘big box’ retail

Retail in the Carson Valley will continue to diversify because more people are expected to settle in the area, a business consultant told the Northern Nevada Development Authority membership last week. “Demographically, the region is growing fast enough to support the kind of retail that (retailers) look to when they decide to build,” said Gary Johnson, senior vice president of Colliers International. Johnson’s company was responsible for brokering the Target and Home Depot development on Jacks Valley Road in Douglas County. The Douglas-Carson region has blossomed as a place that can support “big box” retail, and has hit the benchmark needed that brought businesses like Costco, Target and Home Depot to the area, Johnson said. “To these retailers, everything is bottom line,” Johnson said. “Whether it’s taxes or cost structures, (retailers) look at how they will benefit and make money when they look to build new stores.” The benchmark Johnson speaks of is the 50,000 to 80,000 range in regional population. Carson City and Douglas County now meet that base, he said. On the other hand, high-end retail stores like Macy’s or Nordstrom won’t likely find a home in the area anytime soon because the population is not big enough to support the clientele, Johnson said. “Our surveys show that we don’t have the higher-end population yet to support these kinds of stores,” Johnson said. Other stores like Circuit City and Barnes and Noble also rely heavily on demographics and look to populations of around 150,000 people before they consider building stores. In a city like Reno, there are enough people to bring in dollar amounts needed to fulfill the store’s bottom line, Johnson said. “Barnes and Noble is seeing phenomenal business,” he said. Until retailers see a population base, however, they won’t likely be opening in Carson City or Douglas anytime soon, he said. “We’re just not there yet,” he said. The good news, however, is the region has met its benchmark for adding more retail and specialty stores. In the future, the area could see more grocery and grocery store outlets, as well as chain restaurants. Office supply giant Staples has started grading and foundation work for a store across from the Home Depot and next to Target. When looking at traffic, demographics and shopping habits, Johnson said Staples found a market in Douglas County. “They’re coming,” he said. A company spokesperson was unavailable for comment, but plans have been in the works to bring Staples to Douglas County for more than a year. Last year, the company signed a letter of intent for a 24,000-square-foot store just south of Target. It would be the third store to locate in the shopping center. Stapes has 1,100 stores in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.