The Albertsons at Foothill and Vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga is among those transitioning to a new market, Haggen. Albertsons’ parent company had to sell off 83 of its Southern California supermarkets when it bought Vons as part of an antitrust deal, as my colleague Neil Nisperos reported. A Chino Hills store opened Wednesday and an Upland store in the Colonies will open Friday. The RC store will open at 4 p.m. Thursday.
I dropped by Tuesday evening and got farewell photos of the exterior sign and the ungrammatical banner that seems to praise its customer service ironically. Both are seen above. The store closed at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, I slipped inside and got a few photos mid-conversion, as seen below. Only the bank and pharmacy were open.
I’m told all but two Albertsons employees are staying on. Other than the new aisle signs with the Haggen name, not much looked different in the portions of the store that were allowing customers, but employees were busy, and the deli and produce sections apparently will have the most dramatic changes. The product mix in the store will change in phases as Haggen gets in gear in a brand new market. Until now the company operated just 18 stores in the Pacific Northwest. Now it’s going to have 164.
The Upland store will reopen Friday, not Thursday as initially planned, and will gain a Starbucks.
The only Albertsons left in the immediate area will be at Milliken and 19th. So much for my Albertsons club card.
My recollection is that the Foothill and Vineyard market opened circa 2000. I’ve been shopping there that whole time, although less so after the infamous grocery store strike. I’ll give Haggen a try too.
Note the undersized Haggen sign and the ghost image of the Albertsons sign underneath. The curb sign was in the process of being changed.
Sunday’s column is about the development of the Wilson ranch, a 7-acre property in Alta Loma. A video (with my first attempt at narration) is attached to the online version of my column and can also be seen here.
Above is the view on Friday from Ramona. Below is the nearly identical view from mid-January, when I first visited; below that is the view that same day from Archibald (the “disturbance in the Force” that I mention in the column). Wish I had some “before” pictures.
This photo looks north, with Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) running east and west in the foreground. That’s the Virginia Dare Winery in the foreground and nothin’ but agriculture and mountains in the background. Reader James Edwards emailed me the photo after seeing the 1934 and ’46 photos of Upland on this blog. Some of the above property is now the Virginia Dare Winery Center, an office park that fronts Haven Avenue.
Wednesday’s column begins with a few final words about the 101-year-old whose funeral was last week. I also have some brief items about restaurants in Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga, and a reader’s response to my item about water waste.
Sunday’s column pays tribute to Besse Fogle, a Rancho Cucamonga woman who died the other day at 101. She operated old-time restaurants in Ontario and Pomona, where she knew Lucy and Desi and met Eisenhower and Patton. I got to know her the past three years.
Wednesday’s column starts with an update on the Rancho Cucamonga dive bar whose impending sale was reported here in October. After that I have three Claremont items, two Culture Corner items and news about Ontario’s spruced-up Christmas events this weekend.
A long-lived dive bar in an untrendy portion of Rancho Cucamonga is expected to close next month. Wednesday’s column pays tribute to Gilberto’s Lounge and owner Ken Gilbert.
Tuesday was a dark day for education as I was named principal for a day at Rancho Cucamonga High School. I write about the experience in Friday’s column.
Sunday’s column starts with news about the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library’s 20th anniversary, with a celebration Friday evening. (Yours truly will be there selling books.) Plus: items from around the valley.
Hamilton Family Brewery, which opened June 21 in Rancho Cucamonga as the city’s first craft brewer, required unusual sacrifices to become reality: The family in question sold their home and most of their possessions to raise money, then moved in with her folks. The story is my Wednesday column.