Scenes from the start
By Ken DeLaat
The guests arrived early.
As the sun peeked over the edge of the roof of the new building folks began to gather outside the entrance Tuesday morning to await the 7am debut of Fremont’s latest addition to their retail landscape, the Meijer store.
Taking its place just west of town behind their previously opened gas station and north from the new traffic light at Green and 48th, the retail megastore drew a substantial amount of people who lined up, carts readied, to be the first customers to sample the shopping.
The store was indeed ready. The vaunted produce section and a welcoming deli were the first stations after the entrance and the venue was filled with staff members eager to please.
Inside as the minutes ticked down to the hour you could feel the combination of nervousness and anticipation among the employees. They gathered near the door to survey the congregated crowd while those outside peered inward to get a peek at the store’s offerings.
Finally at the top of the hour the call was given to open the doors and folks were enthusiastically greeted as they filed in.
And Meijer had finally made its long awaited arrival.