Almost a year to the day after a fire forced its closure, the Rincon Market is opening its doors once again.
The market, at the corner of Sixth Street and Tucson Boulevard, will have a soft opening Friday, before hosting a grand opening on Monday.
Amy Abbott, whose family owns the market, said customers can expect all of the vestiges of the old shop, with a few improvements.
"We kept the same set up – the island, the grill, the deli, the salad bar," she said. "But we did get our liquor license while we were closed. So now we moved the produce into the grocery store and where the drinks used to be we built a bar.”
Abbott said other important improvements won’t be as obvious: the building was completely rewired and brought up to code, to ensure another fire doesn't happen again.
Rincon Market was initially slated to reopen in December, but a series of delays with insurance claims, delivery of equipment and inspections slowed down the process.
Abbot said a few long-term employees have returned to work at the deli counter and the salad bar, but many faces will be new.
The owners of Rincon Market are also involved in the recently announced Johnny Gibson Market, slated to open downtown in December.
Abbott said plans for that shop are ongoing - they’ve now hired an architect and are preparing paperwork - and she hopes they’ll be able to open for business on schedule.