Sorry, Loma Linda.
Tough luck, Rialto.
We know you have been waiting a very long time for your fresh & easy stores to open. You have our sympathy.
However, I’m glad since the San Bernardino fresh & easy opened Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Whoo-hoo!
Tucked away in the back corner of a strip mall at the southeast corner of Highland and Del Rosa avenues, the new grocery store grew out of a space that used to be a Chinese restaurant, among other things.
And judging from the extraordinarily long line of customers waiting for
the grand opening, I wasn’t the only one eagerly looking forward to
fresh & easy coming to town.
Just prior to the 10 a.m. opening, the store’s manager presented a $1,000 check to the chosen charity, CSUSB’s Upward Bound program, which helps high school students from low-income families continue their education after high school.
After that, came the ribbon-cutting ceremony with 2nd Ward councilman Dennis Baxter.
Then, the floodgates, er, sliding doors, were opened and customers started streaming in.
For about a half hour. Seriously.
Compared to this, the line during the Rancho Cucamonga opening was a cake walk.
Luckily, the fresh & easy folks were prepared. Every register was open and staffed.