Scenes of VIP Event & Opening of Smith’s Marketplace

Tuesday was a proud and exciting day for Kroger President Jay Cummins as the crowd of invited guests gathered inside Smith’s Marketplace for a first look at the new store ahead of Wednesday’s grand opening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers thanked those involved over the last 10 years in the development of Smith’s Marketplace. He pointed out that it is a rare private sector project without participation from the Lab or County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CB FOX co-owner Dave Fox told the crowd he believes competition is healthy for business and Smith’s Marketplace will be good for the community, adding that all local businesses should communicate with each other to supplement goods and services. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council candidate Andrea Cunningham with her husband at left, is among those gathered to hear speeches Tuesday from Smith’s officials. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Smith’s Marketplace Director Erik Boehm is in charge of running the new store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bajarke-McKenzie addresses the crowd about the financial benefit Smith’s Marketplace means to the schools in the way of lease revenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Wynn Goering and UNM-LA Business Director Lisa Wismer chat with Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells at Tuesday’s VIP event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and his wife Robyn chat with guests at Tuesday’s special event at Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

School Board member Jim Hall chats with County Clerk Sharon Stover. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos business leaders, from left, CB FOX co-owner Andy Fox, Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly and CB FOX co-owner Dave Fox at Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, left, with Smith’s Marketplace Project Manager Brett Godfrey. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, Council candidate Andrea Cunningham and LAPS teacher Lynn Ovaska at Wednesday’s grand opening of Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Smith’s Marketplace Director Erik Boehm is joined by Smith’s officials and local dignitaries Wednesday morning as he cuts the ribbon on the new Smith’s Marketplace. The store has drawn large crowds ever since opening its doors to the public. Courtesy/LAC

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