OGDEN – Rancho Markets, at 404 Washington Blvd., has closed its doors for good. According to Brenda Leon, store manager at the company’s location at 905 26th. St., the store is moving to 580 State St. in Clearfield.
In response to an email sent by a client, manager Irma Munoz said the company has decided to sell the Washington Boulevard property to an apartment developer with plans to redevelop the entire block.
Rancho Markets President and CEO Eli Madrigal did not respond to requests for comment.
An engineer on site last week, who declined to give his name or disclose the company he works for, said he was called in to inspect the building – a typical process, he said. said, when a building is for sale.
Leon, whose store is located about 3.4 miles on 26th Street, said there was no need to have two markets nearby. Some buyers, however, disagree.
A woman named Cindy, who did not provide her last name, said she frequented the store often. She believes there is a need for a second location on the north side of town, pointing to vacancies at the nearby Five Points Mall.
Wangsgards Market and Bakery closed at the Five Points Complex in February 2020.
Rancho Markets is the third grocery store to close near the Five Points intersection since 2015, when Harmons left the site.
“Families need to have access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables,” Cindy said.
Leon said his store has seen a 50% increase in business since the second location closed a few weeks ago.
Another Ogden resident named Lexi, who requested that her last name not be used, did not regularly shop at Rancho Market. However, she said she enjoyed taking her daughter to the store for donuts while waiting for her car to be fixed at Big O Tires across the street.
“It’s a little disappointing,” she said.
Deborah Wilber, Standard Examiner