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Construction begins on inside and outside of former Farmersville Market grocery store

Construction begins on inside and outside of former Farmersville Market grocery store

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FARMERSVILLE – A four-lane expressway isn’t the only thing being built on Visalia Road in Farmersville. In the last two months, construction crews have consistently been working on the Farmersville Market grocery store at 250 E. Visalia Road. Work has been going on inside and outside of the store with the most visible change being a façade renovation that looks like it will match the western style architecture the city has been emphasizing in the last two years. The new façade should be similar to the look of the 9,100-square foot Rite Aid that opened last fall.

Workers with 911 Dry Construction work on adding a western facade to the store which has been vacant for more than a year. Photo by Reggie Ellis.

Workers with 911 Dry Construction work on adding a western facade to the store which has been vacant for more than a year. Photo by Reggie Ellis.

Just over a year ago, former City manager John Jansons said the grocery store had been bought out by Adnan Obaid, part of the ownership group of the State Foods Supermarket chain based out of Parlier, Calif. Jansons said the company was planning to renovate and refurbish the entire store with new, more energy efficient food storage. Calls to the company had not been returned as of press time.

Farmersville would be the latest location for State Foods Supermarkets which already operates grocery stores in Riverdale, Parlier, Dos Palos and Sanger, which opened last summer, under the umbrella of Mufid Alamsi and Alamco, Inc. There is also a State Foods in Woodlake, although it seems the Woodlake store was sold to someone other than Alamco, Inc.

The Farmersville grocery store was purchased from Angela Suarez Childers who owned several stores in town. Childers purchased the former Valley Market and Discount store at 1034 E. Visalia Road at the corner of Oakview Street and has opened a new store in the barn-shaped building at 490 Farmersville Boulevard just south of Ash Street next to Team KO martial arts.

The former Farmersville Market has been vacant for more than a year and has become a hangout for homeless.

The 4,000-square foot Farmersville Market opened in the former Nickel’s Payless building in 2010. It was managed by Lupita and Jose Sanchez, who also owned Don Joe Carnicieria in Strathmore. The couple attempted to hold events throughout 2015 in the hopes of bringing more business to the town but many residents were unhappy with the selection of food. In February 2015, the couple started holding a farmers market in the parking lot, and last May, it hosted one of the locations for the Fruit and Veggie Fest in partnership with the County’s Nutrition and Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program.

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