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Grande Foods opening Thursday in Cornelius

RENOVATED - Formerly Hank's Thriftway, the Hispanic market will open with music, ribbon-cutting
by: Chase Allgood, Grande Foods opened Thursday, July 6th.

Grande Foods, a newly-renovated Hispanic market formerly known as Hank's Thriftway, will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow, July 6, in Cornelius.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the store, 1519 N. Adair St.

Activities include music by the mariachi band Gallos de America, special giveaways including food items, an outdoor chicken barbecue and a raffle for prizes from $20 up to $400.

It is touted as the first major grocery store in the state that will stock its shelves with an extensive selection of food items from North, Central, and South America.

The store will have specific areas for many Hispanic gourmet items, cheeses, spices, beverages, condiments and personal care products, as well as a full selection of traditional grocery products, national brands and private label brands.

The building has undergone extensive renovation to include a 5,000-square-foot fresh produce section; a full-service bakery; a tortilleria preparing fresh tortillas all day; and a traditional Hispanic meat market.

The Cocina, a 40-seat delicatessen, will serve traditional American and Hispanic foods for take-out or eating in.

Over 70 percent of Grande Foods' 100 employees are bilingual, the owners said. The store's interior signage is in Spanish and English.