Eau Claire (WQOW)- After months of empty shelves and aisles, one of Eau Claire's grocery stores is filling with shopping carts.
On Friday grocery shoppers in Eau Claire got their first glimpse of the new Festival Foods now open on Birch Street. Doors opened at 6:00 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony following at 11:00 a.m.
This was the first of two Festival Foods to open in place of Gordy's Market after the family-owned grocer closed all locations in Eau Claire.
"We brought in a brand new service meat case, has all the quality meats in there, also includes fresh fish and seafood. We expanded the deli, we got a hot bar, we got a soup and salad bar now, bakery we expanded, all scratch," said store director Ben Weiss.
Festival staff said the majority of the store's 200 employees were actually part of of the Gordy's team, including Weiss, now returning to work in the building under a new logo.
With stocked shelves, there was no shortage of excited shoppers.
"It looks really great around here, we got fresh produce and stuff like that, don't see that around at Woodman's. It looks really great, the meats, the deli selection is wonderful," said Jesse Emerson, one of the Friday shoppers.
"Gordy's was really helpful to the community and I'm looking forward to Festival getting in to that as well. I'm glad to have this store back on Birch Street," said Cathy, another shopper.
The Festival Foods moving in to the old Gordy's on North Clairemont is scheduled to open next Friday at 6:00 a.m.