Today the Ralphs Fresh Fare opened downtown. There hasn't been a supermarket downtown in 57 years, so I guess it's sort of a big deal. Nevertheless, as I walked to work this morning, I was really surprised to see throngs of people and news vans in front of the new Ralphs.
(These photos were made possible by my glorious iPhone. Now I can take decent pics anywhere I go. w00t!)
Seriously, people? IT'S A SUPERMARKET. Mind you, the store didn't open until 11:00 a.m. These idiots were standing around waiting for a freakin' supermarket to open. Stupid!
As much disdain as I had for these morning dummies, I can't lie -- deep down inside, I couldn't wait to check the place out after work. And check it out, I did. My friend Talksa came along, too, after I told her there was free wine tasting and food samples. Whee!
While I'm glad I didn't wait in line to get in, I'm even more glad that I visited with my buddy Talksa. We actually had a lot of fun at Ralphs. Embarrassing, but true! For one thing, this was quite possibly the cleanest and neatest supermarket I'd ever seen. Yes, it was day one, but it really is a very well laid-out space, and the organization of the shelves and produce is impressive -- almost artistic!
The produce selection was not only fresh, but it was extensive and included a number of more exotic offerings, such as rambutan, pepinos, kiwano melons, baby pineapple, baby purple cauliflower, and dragon beans. Ralphs Fresh Fare also carries ample organic produce. Talksa couldn't resist the beautiful display of peaches and nectarines.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf all inside the supermarket. You can check out by yourself if you choose.
Slated to join this supermarket soon are Cold Stone Creamery, Robeks, Pastagina, and The UPS Store. Gentrification at its finest.
Hooray for Ralphs Fresh Fare! Now the Monkeys no longer have to patronize the ghetto Ralphs!