After a major remodeling project that transformed Coborn’s in Albertville into the company’s third “next-generation” store, guests and employees will mark this achievement with a grand re-opening celebration from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.
This re-grand opening at Coborn’s Marketplace in Albertville will be coupled with the annual “Taste of the Holidays” event, which occurs at all Coborn’s stores companywide. Guests can enjoy many samples throughout the store, music by the St. Michael-Albertville High School Choir, visits with Santa Claus and more.
At 5:00pm, a mini program will be held in the Caribou Coffee area to celebrate the completion of the remodel. Chris Coborn, (President/CEO/Chairman of the Board), will offer remarks along with District Manager Francis Audette, Store Director Gordy Midas, I-94 West Chamber of Commerce President Dawn Spear and Albertville Mayor Jillian Hendrickson. Coborn’s, Inc. Executives and local dignitaries will also be in attendance.
Through this remodel, Coborn’s has added more fresh products, introduced new services and brought a unique modern look to the interior of the store, as seen at Coborn’s Marketplace in Isanti and at Pine Cone Road in Sartell. Some of the key changes that Coborn’s guests will notice include (note: information provided by Coborn’s staff):
The Kitchen: This new centerpiece area will serve made-to-order entrees that are packaged in-store for easy, convenient pick-up and quick at-home preparation. Brick-oven fired pizza, delicious sandwiches and other grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options are just a few of the items guests will find in the Kitchen, in addition to a sushi bar and future salad bar.
Albertville is also the first location that Coborn’s will launch its re-branded chicken products under the Chicken Shack name. All popular current offerings and new additions will be sold under this name. The chicken is double battered and made all through the day so it’s always fresh! Coborn’s uses a secret, crave worthy breading blend for hand-dipped chicken tenders and fried chicken. The grilled chicken and our rotisserie chicken are seasoned to perfection. Coborn’s chicken is raised on local Gold N Plump family farms and are antibiotic free and American Humane Certified.
Chop Shoppe: This new service will allow guests the opportunity to save time by getting their fresh fruits and veggies cut before they leave the store. The Chop Shoppe also produces a variety of freshly-squeezed juices, which are available to purchase.
Click and Collect online shopping: Guests will be able to place their order online by visiting coborns.com, shopping on any mobile or desktop device and have their order waiting for them for pickup at a designated timeslot they’ve chosen.
Changes in the grocery aisles:
- Larger selection of vitamins and supplements.
- Added natural/organic pet food.
- First Coborn’s grocery store to have more space for water products vs. carbonated soft drinks.
- Larger selection of nutrition bars & portable wholesome breakfast snacks.
- More “better for you” snacking options.
- Specialty olives section – 55 varieties to choose from.
- Added over 30 new hot sauces – go from India to Mexico to local and more!
- Added a Thai & Indian food area.
- Added more than 40 new types of olive oil – nearly 100 varieties to choose from.
- Meat department, Frozen Foods and Natural Foods products now integrated and grouped together to make the shopping experience even easier for guests.
- Brand new candy section with a significant increase in candy offerings! Enjoy a wide assortment of options, including premium selections and M&Ms sorted by color!
Caribou Coffee: Coborn’s is adding a Caribou Coffee in-store to further cement this grocery store as a destination in the community. This new addition allows guests the opportunity to enjoy a warm or cool beverage while shopping, or hang out in the comfort of a cozy coffee shop environment.
Full-service Floral Department: Guests will now have access to additional floral services as this department becomes full-service. As a full-service floral department, we offer all the amenities! We do funerals, weddings, deliveries, balloon bouquets along with special events planning. We have arrangement bouquets ready for guests’ shopping convenience. Staffed hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Experienced floral designers can assist guests with their floral needs.
New Smoked Meat Products in Meat Department: In addition to the already wide selection of quality fresh meat products, this new remodel will bring with it the addition of new items, including a variety of smoked meats, such as smoked ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket options and more.
The store’s re-grand opening celebration will be preceded by a Wellness Wednesday event put together by Supermarket Registered Dietitian Amy Peick. During this event, she and Pharmacist Annie Anderson will speak to a group about preventing and managing diabetes, and also provide more insight into Coborn’s, Inc.’s new Dietitian’s Choice program. Guests can sign up in the pharmacy for this event, as well as through e-mail by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Kids Day event has also been planned for Coborn’s Marketplace in Albertville, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 2. This fun-filled event will include kids games, goodies, samples, prizes, visits with Santa and more.
Coborn’s in Albertville is led by Store Director Gordy Midas who has been with the company since 1968.