Vons construction

vons800Expansion construction at the Mammoth Lakes Vons is underway. Some spokesmen said that the plan is to have the $4.5 million project finished this summer.

Vons Real Estate Vice President Brian Braaten had told Sierra Wave Media that the new plans will move the Vons Pharmacy to the adjacent mall and double it in size. He said Starbucks will move to the mall space and nearly double in size.

Braaten said that the former Elegant Bath space and planter in the middle of the mall will make way for the pharmacy and Starbucks with lots of extra setting. He said that the expansion will “breathe life into the mall area.” He said the changes have been a long time coming.

Braaten also said that in addition to the expansion, Vons will renovate the current store. He said the deli will undergo expansion and other changes will unfold in the additional space created by moving the pharmacy and Starbucks.

The plans also include what Braaten called a significant facelift on the exterior. He described the look as similar to the stores in Lake Tahoe and Bend, Oregon. He said that the new construction will give a better impression to visitors. Town Offices in the area will remain where they are with some changes in the outside appearance.


11 Responses to Vons construction

  1. ferdinand lopez May 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    put in a stater bros. and maybe people wont have to embezzle from their employers to eat

  2. MeadowGal May 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Do you have a link to the photo?

  3. Really ? May 6, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Instead of $4.5 million remodel project, why not just make your prices a bit easier to swallow. Really Vons ?

  4. Really ? May 6, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Really Vons? If you want to make a Better impression with your consumers, try pricing your groceries fair. Guess who’s paying for this Ridiculous $ 4.5 Remodel.

  5. SierraFan May 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    We do need some serious competition!

  6. Trouble May 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    I’ve heard Von leases property in Bishop just to keep competition out. That is pure greed.

    • Mark May 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      it’s a hec of deal for the property owner though..

    • elsinoreracer May 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      The way I understand it is…Vons owns the 2 properties that used to be their Safeway stores years ago and they will not lease to competitors but do lease to other businesses…Value Sports and Golden State Cycle etc. K-Mart does the same thing but hasn’t filled their vacant spot. Can’t really blame them, but they do have insane prices at the same time. A small monopoly in our towns. But if you think they are bad you should seen the old Buster’s market here in Mammoth prior to Safeway coming here. What a rip off that was.

  7. David K May 7, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    A Vons official once told me that the two highest grossing Vons stores in the continental U.S., were in Bishop and Mammoth lakes. and off the continent, Honolulu.

    • John Barton May 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      @David K- That’s is generally correct info. Mammoth and Bishop carry a lot of Vons stores that aren’t nearly as profitable because a Walmart came in. It’s capitalism at its best and worst— being able to make enought to lock up other properties to keep competition out. The reservation could make a deal with another food store, in fact a huge complex to include a Raleys, Trader Joes and other specialty stores that would probably thrive here such as a Game Stop or even World Market.

      • Desert Tortoise May 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

        Eh, you need a larger customer base to get a Raleys or TJs. I approached Kohls about why they do not locate a store in the old Mervyns (noting that Kohls bought out a bunch of old Mervyns stores when that chain went bankrupt) in Ridgecrest but they require a customer base of at least 100,000 people. If you take all of Mono and Inyo counties, the Indian Wells Valley, Trona, and all of the Kern River Valley you don’t have 100,000 people. So you drive south to Palmdale or over the hill to Bakersfield.


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