Wow! That is great news. Incredible building schedule, though. I N C R E D I B L E....
A sign confirming the news sprouted Tuesday on Murieta Drive.
Raley's plans to open a 35,000-square-foot store in Rancho Murieta, with construction slated to start late this year and completion expected in the fall of 2017.
"Rancho Murieta is an important addition to our strategic growth plan," Michael Teel, Raley's owner and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday morning. "This new location advances our vision to bring health and wellness to customers in new areas. We are excited about the opportunity to serve the Rancho Murieta community."
The Raley's statement was issued in tandem with Rancho Murieta Properties LLC, and it says the store will be a partnership between the two entities. It would be at Jackson Road and Murieta Drive.
The statement quotes John Sullivan, a longtime Murietan connected with Murieta Properties, which is building the commercial site across from Murieta Plaza and has proposed a project to develop the North.
From the statement: “Raley’s presence in our community is a progressive and thoughtful step towards ensuring the community’s sustainability and ease of access to fresh and locally sourced food,” said John Sullivan, co-manager of Rancho Murieta Properties. “Rancho Murieta residents and the greater Sloughhouse area deserve the convenience of a quality establishment near their home.”
Raley's offers an artist's rendering of its planned Rancho Murieta store.
At 35,000 square feet, the store would be twice the size of Plaza Foods, which has served the community for almost 30 years.
Machelle Lewallen, owner of Plaza Foods, said in a statement that she is talking with Raley's about a shared future in the community.
"We're already in communications with Raley's, and are optimistic about our future," she said in a text message. "Rancho Murieta deserves to have a 'Fresh Made Market' offering quality foods and services for the variety of tastes in our community. And we look forward to the future plans we already had in the works for Plaza Foods."
When pressed for a phone conversation, she responded by text, "Not much more I can talk about beyond that statement."
The county approved a plan for the Murieta Gardens development including a supermarket, hotel and homes. The hotel is presently under construction across from the post office. The map filed with the developers’ application shows the market to the north of the hotel, between the hotel and the present Country Store.
The market, at center in this plan submitted to the county, would be north of the hotel being built now. Click image for larger version.
The development, called Murieta Gardens, is a 53-acre commercial/residential/hotel site on Murieta Drive, across from the Plaza. The county approved the development plan for the site, with a shopping center and housing, in 2011. Following its purchase of the site in 2012, the current development group amended the plan to add a hotel.
County approval of the amended plan in 2014 required additional water treatment capacity. A new water treatment plant jointly funded by developers and the Community Services District became operational this year.
Here is the full text of the statement from Raley's and Rancho Murieta Properties LLC:
Raley’s Announces a New Development in Rancho Murieta in Eastern Sacramento County
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is announcing another new location in an established Sacramento County community, Rancho Murieta. The new site advances the company’s expansion plans for the region.
The new Raley’s location will be the only full-service grocery store in the Rancho Murieta community, and will include special services like meat, deli, bakery and wine departments. The 35,000 square foot store will be located at the corner of Jackson Highway and Murieta Parkway and will deliver customers an extraordinary shopping experience with an extensive assortment of fresh, high quality food.
“Rancho Murieta is an important addition to our strategic growth plan,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s owner & CEO. “This new location advances our vision to bring health and wellness to customers in new areas. We are excited about the opportunity to serve the Rancho Murieta community.”
This latest announcement is in alignment with Raley’s goal of bringing fine, local and healthy grocery options to new customers. In partnership with Rancho Murieta Properties, the new store will be state-of-the art and represent the local community.
“Raley’s presence in our community is a progressive and thoughtful step towards ensuring the community’s sustainability and ease of access to fresh and locally sourced food,” said John Sullivan, Co-Manager of Rancho Murieta Properties. “Rancho Murieta residents and the greater Sloughhouse area deserve the convenience of a quality establishment near their home.”
Construction at the recently secured new location is scheduled to begin in late 2016 with a
targeted completion of fall 2017.
Wow! That is great news. Incredible building schedule, though. I N C R E D I B L E....
Wow! While I will miss my weekly trips to BelAir in Folsom, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Raley's. Before reading your story, my husband and I had to make a quick trip to Ione for one small box iof corn muffin mix. We had tried Plaza Foods first, with zero luck. I suggest a good pairing for "our" Raley's-to-be would be CVS and/or Trader Joe's and one could even take over the lease where Plaza Foods is currently nearly vacant. They would complement each other well. Raley's is on the move. We noticed the other day that they have broken ground for their new store on Sunrise Blvd.
Well I have not posted comments in quite awhile. However, this latest comment from Machelle on Plaza "in communication with Raley's etc." is too much to ignore.
Is this woman sane. Because if she is then there is no excuse for her ignorance of her situation. Saturday my brother -in-law came to visit. He had forgotten charcoal. He went to plaza and purchased THE bag (very small) of charcoal. He got the last bag!!! He asked if they were going out of business. They of course said "No".
My son, who is visiting, went to Plaza for some item that I assured him would not be there. While there he said a woman came in , looked around and said " Where is the Plaza?" "Did someone move the Plaza?" "Didn't this used to be a grocery store?"
Come on Machelle! Face reality! End the agony of a very slow death and do us all a favor and close your doors. Save some money on electricity and your 3 or so employees and JUST GO!!!
This probably sounds cruel and mean. I feel a bit cruel and mean. This has been going on for way too long. I have not stepped foot in the Plaza since the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It was hard at first, but now it is just a way of life. I shop at Pokerville Market where they have food!
If she is insane, then I retract all of this. Insanity would be her only defense and cruel and mean as I am right now I would just see that she gets the proper mental health care and forgive her for running a perfectly good store into the ground.
GREAT NEWS - Feels like Rancho Murieta is coming "full circle" - I can remember reading about the old "Raleys Gold Rush Days" - Our future is bright! Thank you Raleys - again!
A story footnote: The Raley's-company supermarket at Sunrise and Douglas in Anatolia, scheduled to open in 12 months, was announced as 40,000 square feet – 5,000 square feet bigger than Rancho Murieta's.
Machelle Lewallen, Plaza Foods owner, texted this message Tuesday night for posting here:
"Breaking News!! The Rancho Murieta community came out in large numbers today to show their support for Plaza Foods! We were very busy all day ... and would like to thank our loyal customers for all their positive comments and patronage. And although it hasn't been easy while we wait for our insurance monies, the community is helping us rebuild our store one day at a time... For that we say thank you !!"
We asked Raley's about the Plaza Foods statement that the two parties were "in communications" about the future. Late Tuesday, Chelsea Minor, Raley's director of public relations and public affairs, responded by email: "Out of professional courtesy, our vice president of store operations reached out to the owner of Plaza Foods to inform her of our announcement today. There are no continuing discussions at this time."
Rancho Murieta Properties buys County approved Murieta Gardens project to include supermarket, in 2012.
Raleys joint statement with Rancho Murieta Properties announces supermarket will be a joint "partnership" (whatever that is), May, 2016.
Plaza Foods continues to attribute stocking, service and financial "difficulties" to fire approximately one year ago, which "difficulties" have been ongoing and have not abated over this years duration.
Meanwhile, after Raleys joint statement, Plaza foods issues statement "...talking with Raleys about a shared future in the community (?)...and are optimistic about our future in the community...we look forward to the future plans we already had in the works for Plaza Foods...not much more I can talk about beyond that statement". That statement makes no sense, unless in collusion with other parties.
Something is rotten in Denmark. Was a shortfall artifically created to elicit endorsement and community demand and approval of this joint Raleys "partnership" ? And will this "arranged" shorffall at Plaza Foods continue until the new Raleys opens end of 2017, which "shortfall" we will have to continue to endure over the next year
A Raleys in this community will be a benefit; such perceived underhanded dealings by developers is not, and is typical of their non-transparency.
Wow!!! Amazing!! I wonder what it is they bought?
Must have been "Ice or Propane" Just a guess