Smith's grocery store gets $4.4 million remodel

James Fenton
Sushi chef Maung Hein cuts sushi rolls Friday at Smith's Food and Drug in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – The recent $4.4 million remodel of a local grocery store will add up to more variety for shoppers and a smaller carbon footprint, store officials say.

Smith's Food and Drug on 20th Street was given a new appearance inside and out of the 77,000-square-foot building, the first overhaul of the store in a decade, according to an Oct. 27 press release from the company.

Marsha Gilford, Smith's spokeswoman, said in an email on Thursday that the store has been at the corner of 20th Street and Butler Avenue for 35 years.

"We opened the Farmington store in October 1980," Gilford said. "It was last remodeled in 2005, but not to the extent of this one."

The new remodel includes a new "natural foods destination department" with refrigerated, frozen and bulk foods. The store expanded its meat and seafood selection, and now offers freshly made sushi, according to the release.

Store director Brian Van Klavern talks Friday about the high-end alcohol now offered at Smith's Food and Drug in Farmington.

The store also added a larger array of cheeses, antipasto and olives, as well as a "European bakery" that produces artisan breads. A greater supply of organic fruits and vegetables is available.

To reduce its energy consumption, the store replaced inefficient heating, cooling, water, and lighting systems as part of the remodel. Freezers and coolers are now lit with energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Since 2000, Smith’s has reduced its average electricity use overall by 34.5 percent, the equivalent of 104 million kilowatt hours or enough electricity to power 45 grocery stores for one year, according to the release.

This year, Kroger, Smith’s parent company, received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Management award for its efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and facilities.

Smith's Food and Drug is pictured Friday in Farmington.

Based in Salt Lake City, Smith’s manages 139 stores and 82 fuel centers throughout seven western states, according to the company's website.

James Fenton is the business editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621.

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What: Smith's Food and Drug

Where: 600 E. 20th St. in Farmington

Hours: 6 a.m. to midnight every day

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