Smith’s Marketplace Throws 1st Anniversary Party

Smith’s Marketplace Store Director Erik Boehm expresses his appreciation to the community.  Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Smith’s Marketplace Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton, center, helps feed hungry party goers Thursday at the store’s first year anniversary celebration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Smith’s Marketplace began operations a year ago this month and Thursday the store threw a communitywide party to celebrate.

“We wanted to say thank you to the community for supporting us the way they have and at the same time to celebrate our support of the community,” Store Director Erik Boehm said. “This is a way for everyone to get together and have a good time and share some food and fun.”

Thursday’s party featured hamburgers, snow cones, cake and ice cream and other refreshments. There was a watermelon eating contest and bouncy houses for the kids. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe hosted a booth at the event and gave away free drinks to the crowd. 

“This is a fun way to say thank you to community,” Smith’s Marketplace Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton said.

Los Alamos is the site of the first Smith’s Marketplace store built in New Mexico. From the day the store opened its doors it has been a popular place to shop for many in the community and the surrounding area and has met its first year goal of $70 million in sales.

There are more than 200,000 items throughout the 110,600-square-foot store including a wide assortment of natural, organic and specialty foods; a large assortment of fine wine and spirits including selections stored within a walk-in wine cellar; a vast selection of meat, produce, grocery and bakery items; apparel for the entire family; houseware needs and décor; a drive-through pharmacy; health and pampering needs; school and office supplies; pet products and an array of fresh floral choices.

The Smith’s Marketplace has both immediate and long-term economic impact including a $30 million construction investment, which utilized many local subcontractors and services. Smith’s lease payments on the store’s site generate some $350,000 annually for the Los Alamos School District.

Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest retail grocers. From its division office in Salt Lake City, Smith’s 15,600 associates serve customers in 130 stores throughout seven western states. More than 2,500 Smith’s associates serve customers throughout 26 food and drug stores in New Mexico.

Scenes from Thursday’s One Year Anniversary Party at Smith’s Marketplace:

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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