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Cedar Ridge store stocks up for post-fire reopening (video)

Delivery trucks were pulling up to the Cedar Ridge Country Store with Pepsi, Pringles and other essentials over the weekend - a sign the resurrected convenience store and neighborhood landmark is about to reopen.

More shelves need to be stocked, and some final inspections must be passed, but the family operators plan to open their doors just after Thanksgiving.

In spite of some construction delays, "It turned out pretty good," said Raj Dhillon, son of owner Surjit Singh. "The wait definitely made it sweeter."

The rebuilt store has been under construction for several months after a fire ripped through it in the middle of the night July 12, 2009. A jury found Alfredo Torres, 21 at the time, guilty of burning it down.

The exterior is painted a conservative tan, while the interior shows off splashes of purple and orange, inspired by stores Dhillon has seen in the Sacramento area.

"It's the newest thing," he said.

When it reopens, customers can find groceries, along with hot food - such as pizza - in the back. The store has been a fixture in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood since 1939 until the fire.

"It's starting back from zero," Dhillon said. "Let's see how it goes."

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.

Michelle Rindels
Staff Writer


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