Three Local Businesses Freshen Look With Remodel

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Ace, Safeway and Wal-Mart have all undergone remodeling in recent months.

"In retail, stores tend to get tired," said John Patricia, owner of Ace. "It is recommended that you redo about every four or five years. At Ace, normally, we redo a department or two every two years, but this was a bigger project."

Ace has new fixtures and shelving has been re-oriented. Product lines have been expanded and new lines brought in, such as Benjamin Moore Paints and Superdeck, Patricia said.

"We doubled the size of our inventory in nuts and bolts and remodeled the plumbing, electrical and lawn and garden departments," he said.

The project took about four months, using crews from Ace Hardware Corporation.

"It still needs a little tweaking, but it's ready to roll," Patricia said.

Wal-Mart has also been remodeling and adjusting inventory in recent months.

Though the remodel never closed the store, Wal-Mart is hosting a grand re-opening at 8 a.m. Friday, July 7 to show off changes.

Much of the grocery department remains the same, as does the garden department, but just about everything else has a new home. Shoppers are already being provided maps to find the new location of products.

Cards and magazines are still next to the grocery area, but now they are joined by craft supplies, pet food and gear.

Wal-Mart's shoes are still at the back of the store, but now are located next to the grocery section, with the photo lab and electronics as neighboring departments. Toys and bikes have also been moved to the back of the store, with seasonal goods, housewares and domestics moving to the front. The new arrangement makes the walkways feel roomier and the goods appear to have better lighting.

A visit to Safeway will lead to the discovery of a much-expanded wine collection and an easier-to-navigate store in general. Large, readable signs now mark the aisles by category.

The Starbucks area is set a little further to the left of the west entrance and the cafe seating outside has grown.

-- To reach Teresa McQuerrey call 474-5251 ext. 113 or e-mail tmcquerrey@payson.com.

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