Anyone curious about the interior of the new Union Frick’s Market will have to wait to see the store for themselves.
“We’d kind of like to surprise them the first day — we put so much into the interior,” said store manager Michelle Kohler.
She added that the store opening will be Wednesday, May 7.
The new store, located at Church Street and Central Avenue, will be 35,000 square feet. That is compared to the current Locust Street store which is 22,000 square feet. There also will be twice as many parking spaces compared to the downtown store.
Kohler said each department will be larger in the new store.
“Everything is expanded,” she said.
There also will be two levels of seating for deli customers — on the ground floor and a mezzanine. There will be outside seating too, Kohler added.
The larger deli also will feature a drive-through, which will open at 5 a.m. when breakfast is served. The rest of the store will open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. daily.
There also will be more deli foods, including hot foods and pre-made items. Also in the deli there will be specialty salads and cheeses.
The frozen food section will double, Kohler noted, and there will be more bulk items and natural and organic offerings.
Other amenities include a walk-in “beer cave” and an expanded liquor and wine selection; and a larger meat department with more specialty products and fresh seafood. The new meat department will feature marinated meats, specialty sausages and burgers.
“We look forward to being able to take care of customers to the fullest extent,” Kohler said. “It’s all about customer service and it always has been.”
There will be about 100 employees once the new store opens. There had been 60 employees at the downtown store.
The store will be closed Tuesday, May 6. A grand opening is expected to be held in late May.
New to Frick’s will be a floral designer, as well as a larger floral department.
There will be seven checkout lanes, compared to the five in the current location.
Darren Newbanks, who owns the store with his wife, Jennifer, said the store design is a reflection of how business is conducted at Frick’s.
“We want the inside to complement and reflect what we bring to market — quality and service like it used to be,” said Newbanks.
He added that new technology will enhance the shopping experience, but won’t diminish the “hometown” feel.
“We want to try and keep that aspect of shopping alive,” he said.
The site contractor was Vernaci Construction, Washington, and the general contractor was Brockmiller Construction, Farmington. There were several subcontractors, many of them local, Newbanks said.
He added that through an Ameren Missouri program, there were high, efficiency heating, cooling, refrigeration and lighting installed.