Harmons Grocery Stores Breaks Ground on its First Store in Davis County | Business
FARMINGTON, Utah – September 2, 2010 – Davis County dignitaries gathered around as Bob and Randy Harmon, co-owners and vice presidents for Harmons Grocery Stores used a track hoe to break ground on what will be a new 69,381 square-foot flagship grocery store for the much-anticipated Station Park project in Farmington. Harmons is the first retailer to break ground at the 67-acre lifestyle shopping center being developed by CenterCal LLC. The store - - located at the intersection of I-15, Highway 89, Legacy Parkway and the Frontrunner Commuter Rail - - will feature a full array of fresh foods and a large delicatessen with chef-prepared entrees that will be easy for locals and commuters to pick up and take home to hungry families.
“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce Harmons’ signature foods to our new friends in Davis County,” said Bob Harmon. “They’ll find that the Harmons grocery shopping experience is very different from anything else in Utah.”
Bob and Randy Harmon told groundbreaking guests that the Station Park store will be very similar to Harmons’ Bangerter Crossing store in Draper, which offers a fresh wok bar, a carving station with hot entrées, Italian gelato, a gourmet cheese island, salad and olive bars, a custom-meat counter, an artisan bakery with fresh breads and pastries, and a produce department featuring local and organic fruits and vegetables. Shoppers can also expect to see a full-service floral department, a pharmacy, local credit union, a Tempér gourmet cooking accessories section, and a full variety of canned and packaged groceries. Above on the mezzanine will be a cooking school and an upscale seating area with a fireplace, couches, tables and chairs and Wi-Fi access.
CenterCal President, Jean Paul Wardy, said the one million square-foot Station Park project will be the preeminent lifestyle shopping center in Northern Utah, with exclusive retailers set in a walkable, park-like atmosphere. Plans include a 14-screen state-of-the-art Cinemark movie theater with XD, more than a dozen restaurants and a broad selection of apparel, home goods and entertainment opportunities, offering Weber and Davis County residents an experience unrivaled in the region.
Since 1932, Harmons has grown from a fruit stand to 13 stores and is ranked as one of the state’s top 20 largest privately-owned companies headquartered in Utah. Harmons employs 2,400 people and anticipates increasing its payroll by approximately15 percent in 2011. The local grocer employs 150 - 200 associates per store including chefs, butchers, bakers and food experts who prepare Harmons’ signature made-from-scratch foods from the finest ingredients. The Station Park Harmons is slated to be completed in May 2011.
Harmons announced that R & O Construction is the general contractor and Prescott Muir is the architectural firm for the new grocery store. ESI Construction is the general contractor for Station Park. Harmons also recently broke ground on its City Creek store in Salt Lake City, with a target completion date of fall 2011.