Raley's Supermarkets says it will relocate its Freeport Boulevard store a half block away to the former Capital Nursery property. The land was purchased by Raley's shortly before it went out of business three years ago.
At the time, the chain with 137 stores said it had no plans to build on the site. But it makes sense to build a new store because the current store is in a leased building.
It's been renovated many times over its 57 years of operation. Raley's officials say it's run out of options in terms of further upgrades. Long-time customer Chuck Rosenburg agrees.
"They've changed, I don't know, two or three times in the last year or two trying to get a better feel on the inside, but it really needs something different," said Rosenburg.
Initial design of the new store shows landscaping and outdoor seating. That excites Francie Dillon, who has already talked to people about the changes.
"Outdoor dining and make a even more of a community feel, like you can kind of hang out because we already, meet our neighbors here anyway," Dillon said.
The beginning of construction will depend on how quickly the planning approval process goes. Store officials say the sooner the better.