Word on the Street: New Grocery Outlet to open in southeast Fresno

The Fresno BeeAugust 25, 2013 

Grocery Outlet plans to open a fourth location, this one at Belmont and Peach, the site of a former R-N Market.

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Grocery Outlet plans to open its fourth store in the Fresno area, the latest at Belmont and Peach avenues.

The discount store won't open for several months — possibly in October. Major renovations are happening at the store now.

"Every time we open a new store, we basically scrape it and start over," said Melissa Porter, Grocery Outlet's vice president of marketing.

Grocery Outlet is rapidly expanding and will open a store in Oakhurst at the same time. Last year, it opened a store on West Shaw Avenue, and existing stores are in central Fresno and Clovis.

The Fresno area has long been a strong market for the discount grocer and the company saw a need for another store in southeast Fresno, Porter said.

The new store will take over a space left when R-N Market closed several months ago and is next door to a new Family Dollar. (The other R-N Market, at Cedar and Herndon avenues, remains open.)

Grocery Outlet is based in Berkeley, but the stores are independently operated by people who make an investment in the business and compete for Grocery Outlet's approval. The new store will be run by Steve and Becky Sellers.

Two flippers up

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo's Sea Lion Cove flipped and turned its way onto the pages of Sunset Magazine this month.

The Western lifestyle magazine listed Sea Lion Cove as No. 5 of its 12 favorite things that are "Best in the West."

Here's what the magazine had to say: "Fresno may be 150 miles inland from Point Lobos, but that didn't stop the Fresno Chaffee Zoo from recreating the iconic slice of California coast in its new Sea Lion Cove exhibit."

The $10.5 million cove, a 200,000-gallon and 12-foot-deep pool for the zoo's seals, opened last August. It was paid for by Measure Z, the tenth-of-a-cent sales tax measure approved by voters in 2004.

Fry power

A converted Ford F-350 truck operated by a Yosemite concessionaire has been recognized by the National Park Service for being environmentally friendly.

The vehicle — dubbed Fryer Truck — won a 2013 Environmental Achievement Award by the park service.

The truck runs on waste vegetable oil from restaurant fryers and was created by the Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts.

Resort officials launched the project two years ago as a way to better use its waste vegetable oil.

The company bought the Ford diesel truck and outfitted it with a waste vegetable oil conversion kit.

Resort employees participated in a naming contest, and the winner was Fryer Truck.


Bethany Clough, BoNhia Lee and Robert Rodriguez contributed to this report. It was compiled by Clough. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6431, bclough@fresnobee.com or @BethanyClough on Twitter.

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