Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Fair Oaks, CA, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s announced the promotion of two key leaders within the organization; Kevin Konkel’s promotion to a newly created role as Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising.

“This is an exciting time for Raley’s – we have built a strong leadership team that will support the advancement of our vision and purpose,” said Mark Foley, Chief People Officer.

Kevin Konkel previously held the title Senior Vice President, Operations and in his new role will lead operations in all Raley’s banners and pharmacy operations. He will also lead store design and construction, operations administration, distribution and asset protection. Konkel is a proven industry leader with nearly 40 years of service to the Raley’s organization.

Paul Gianetto will serve as Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising. Gianetto is an industry leader with more than 35 years in the grocery business and a graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program. He joined Raley’s in 2008 and has held many roles in merchandising. In 2017, Gianetto was promoted to Vice President of Center Store. In his new role, he will manage strategic pricing, private label, sales & merchandising for both center store and perishable departments.

“We are fortunate to have such experienced and proven leaders in Kevin and Paul. Both epitomize servant leadership and Raley’s family values,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President. “I am confident, Kevin and Paul will continue to help guide the organization toward our vision of infusing life with health and happiness.”

Konkel and Gianetto will continue to report to Keith Knopf, President who, along with Michael Teel, Chairman & CEO, will continue to lead the strategic direction for Raley’s.

Learn more about Raley’s Leadership team.

Contact:
For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

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Raley’s launches same-day delivery service in Sacramento

Raley’s extends eCart personalized shopping service to include delivery in Northern California

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to serve the needs of it’s communities, Raley’s is launching the second phase of delivery service through its (eCart) e-commerce platform. The delivery service, which originally launched in August 2017, in Alameda, CA, will allow healthy, fresh and high-quality offerings at affordable prices to be delivered to select zip codes in the Sacramento region.

This larger service area is part of Raley’s commitment tomaking customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving digital shopping experience.  This is the next step in the company’s investment in eCommerce, developed with the purpose of making grocery shopping more convenient for its customers.

“We continue to invest in eCommerce and are excited to launch delivery in Sacramento just in time for the holiday season,” said Deirdre Zimmermann, Head of E-Commerce and Marketing. “We have been aggressive in the development of eCart; analyzing shopping data and customer needs assessments to build our platform to maintain especially high standards for this personalized shopping service.”

All products within eCart fall under the guidelines set by Raley’s recently-launched Shelf Guide program. The one-of-a-kind shelf tag initiative helps customers combat label confusion obstacles. For the Raley’s eCart specifically, Shelf Guide offers a customized, interactive experience, where customers can filter by category and attribute to find the products that meet their personal dietary needs.

Raley’s eCart is unique in that it provides the customized service of a Raley’s personal shopper, who hand picks grocery items in the order. Raley’s currently has 95 Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods stores that offer curbside pickup. Now same-day delivery is also offered for an expanding list of zip codes. All customers will receive FREE delivery on their first order.

To learn more about delivery and the zip codes where the service is available, please visit raleys.com/go/delivery. To shop on Raley’s eCart, simply go to www.shop.raleys.com.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

Raley’s expands its Ready-To-Go meal options with 32 different meals

Raley’s expands its Ready-To-Go meal options with 32 different meals

 

Expanded program includes over 32 options for an affordable price

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to USDA data, on an average day, Americans spend 37 minutes preparing and cleaning up their meals and some say it can range up to almost 1.5 hours. However, when purchasing fast food, that preparation time decreases by 31 minutes. As the trend for convenience grows, along with the demand for healthier options outside of fast food, today Raley’s announces the expansion of their Ready-To-Go meal options (first launched in 2010) with new sizes, flavors and packaging. The new and improved Ready-To-Go program includes 32 different meals, all made with fresh, premium ingredients that can be found in the fresh deli department in grab and go displays.

The new program and meal selections were driven by trending flavors, fruits and vegetables as well as Raley’s customer favorites.  Ready-to-Go focuses on higher quality and “Better for You” options that include unique, global flavors like Chicken Fajitas (Family Meal), Moroccan Style Couscous (Mini Side) and Beef with Chimichurri Sauce (Mini Meal).

“Our customers are in for a real treat with Raley’s new Ready-To-Go meals,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “We understand the importance of convenient, healthy food options at a value and believe our customers will enjoy the new meals, made with quality ingredients that taste great!”

Raley’s Ready-To-Go Meals can be heated up in as little as 2 minutes and range from $3.99 for a single serving to $16.99 for the family size. In addition to adding more modern flavors, Raley’s has improved the size and packaging. The new package is modern and functional; customers can heat the aluminum trays directly in the microwave or oven. Ready-to-Go meals come in three different convenient sizes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including mini, entrée size, and large family size.

  • Mini size: includes 15 different offerings that are the perfect size for customers looking for weekday breakfasts, office lunches or after-school kids snacks. The size ranges from 6 to 11 ounces and includes breakfast options such as scrambles, sandwiches and burritos.
  • Entrée size: includes 12 different offerings and serves 1-2 people for lunch or dinner. The size ranges from 8 to 16 ounces.
  • Family size: includes 5 different offerings and serves a family of 4-6. This new line is now 50% larger than the previous version. The size ranges from 48 to 54 ounces.

In addition to the packaging, which shows that these meals contain only clean and fresh ingredients, Raley’s took label transparency a stet further, by tapping its recently launched labeling system for the product line. The Raley’s Shelf Guide is a one-of-a-kind shelf tag program that helps customers combat label confusion to find options that meet their personal dietary needs. In this case, Raley’s new Ready-to-Go meals will offer customers clear descriptions, including “Nutrient Dense,” “Calorie Conscious,” “Vegan” and “Vegetarian” directly on the package.

Raley’s Ready-to-Go program is the latest addition to the company’s commitment to providing customers with “Better for You” products, with healthy, nutritious options customers can feel good about eating.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

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Central Valley Farm Land Trust continues its Kids to Farm program in partnership with Raley’s

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Central Valley Farm Land Trust (CVFT) is excited to announce the continuation of our pilot program, Kids to Farm.  Although we are surrounded by farmland, most students have no understanding of how their food grows.  In partnership with Raley’s, and with assistance from California Ag in the Classroom and Steamboat Acres organic farm, CVFT is working to close this learning gap.

“Helping kids understand and appreciate where their food comes from is important for the future of our food supply.  Our goal is to educate children about agriculture, to help them gain an appreciation for the precious, limited land resources we have in the Central Valley,” said Charlotte Mitchell, CVFT Executive Director. “We plan to do many more tours and in more locations in 2018.”

Most recently, as a part of the pilot program, fifty 4th graders from Lodi Unified School District attended field trips on October 17 and 18 visiting a working farm. The field trips kick off at Steamboat Acres organic farm in Courtland, with an educational tour led by farmers Michael and Tara Neuharth.  On their tour, students discovered the differences between conventional and organic farming, how male and female flowers and pollination work, the importance of soil care and crop rotation, and how long it takes to grow pears versus pumpkins. The tour culminated at a local Raley’s grocery store where managers showed students how produce is delivered to the store, is organized, and then readied for purchase. The students finished off with a nutritious lunch provided by Raley’s – bringing the farm to fork concept full circle for them.

Part of the mission of the Central Valley Farmland Trust is to educate the next generation about where their food comes from so they more intimately understand the preciousness of the farmland that grows it – and the necessity to protect it.

“Raley’s is committed to growing the next generation of healthy eaters and in that vein, we need farmers who are focused on sustaining our farm land,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager & Executive Director, Food for Families. “Our partnership with Central Valley Farmland Trust allows us to show youth how their food is grown and at the same time, emphasize the importance of preserving agricultural lands.  It’s a great combination of nutrition education, sustainability education and workforce development.”

Students and teachers alike appreciate the access to a high-quality learning environment, “This was a great trip for my class. Our kids could see and touch their food growing in the field and then come to the store where they can buy it and take it home – it was awesome!” said an attending 4th grade teacher.

The next field trips will be held November 1 and 2, 2017, at Steamboat Acres in Courtland. Media interested in attending may contact CVFT for more information.  We invite you to come see for yourself the light in these kids eyes as they learn about their food, touch and taste on the farm, and make the full circle connection at the grocery store.

For more information, please contact:
Melanee Cottrill
mcottrill@valleyfarmland.org
(916) 667-2217

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program to benefit 40 Schools; supports programs and activities for kids’ nutrition and wellness

Raley’s Extra Credit Fall Grantees Selected – Nearly 40 Schools in California & Nevada to Benefit.

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through their redesigned Extra Credit Grants Program, Raley’s will make a direct impact on youth nutrition and wellness education by sharing education grants in the communities they serve. Raley’s received a diverse set of proposals from local accredited K-12 schools and school districts– requests spanned from supporting the delivery of a complete food literacy curriculum to the purchase and installation of water filtration and bottle filling stations.

“At the heart of Raley’s philanthropic endeavors is community wellness and nutrition,” says Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager & Executive Director, Raley’s Food for Families. “Our Extra Credit program is committed to supporting our schools and school districts in their efforts to encourage healthy eating and strengthen nutrition education.”

After extensive review by Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program Committee, comprised of key Raley’s team members and community stakeholders, Raley’s is excited to grant nearly 40 grantees funding, supporting programs and activities that benefit kids’ nutrition and wellness.

Raley’s will be distributing nearly $300,000 to local schools this Fall. Some key areas of program focus for these grantees include:

  • Installation of water filtration and bottle refill stations
  • Gardening projects
  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Wellness/nutrition education
  • Food literacy programs
  • Healthy meals and snacking
  • Workforce development and career technical training

Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program will be accepting applications again for the Spring 2018 cycle January 1, 2018. Accredited K-12 schools and school districts are encouraged to apply for grant funding to support programs that will help students in the areas of food literacy, healthy living, nutrition, agriculture, and food supply and origination. Schools and school districts that want to help Raley’s impact the health and wellness of our communities are encouraged to apply during the Spring 2018 funding cycle in January 2018.

Contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Raley’s dispatched two refrigerated trucks with supplies to Sonoma and Napa Counties

TRAGEDY HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Oct-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — As 17 separate fires burn across eight counties, encompassing a 115,000 acre area of Northern California, more than 20,000 people have been evacuated, and countless people have lost their homes, their businesses, their schools, and are displaced from their community.

The scale of this tragedy is unimaginable, and as a Northern CA business, Raley’s understands this devastation and is here to help our communities.

OUR PRESENCE

October 10: Raley’s has dispatched two refrigerated trucks carrying supplies to meet the most immediate needs of victims as outlined by the Office of Emergency Services and the Red Cross— apples, bananas, baby diapers, baby formula, water and adult diapers. Our trucks will stay in Sonoma and Napa Counties to provide the Office of Emergency Services support as they distribute needed items to various evacuation centers across the area.

Our nearby stores REMAIN OPEN and ready to serve: Raley’s in Santa Rosa, Raley’s in Napa, and Nob Hill in Napa.

  • Raley’s Napa: 217 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94559
  • Nob Hill Napa:611 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558
  • Raley’s Santa Rosa: 1407 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Raley’s Rohnert Park: 100 Raleys Towne Center, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Our local team members are working around the clock to help our neighbors in need.

In addition, Raley’s Food For Families partners in the area are serving the victims:  the Salvation Army of Santa Rosa or the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Raley’s is accepting donations at our nearby locations at each cash register!

Sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross.

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is collecting cash donations.

Donate to local animal shelters: Humane Society of Sonoma County: sonomahumane.org, Humane Society of Napa County: napahumane.org,and Yuba-Sutter SPCA: yubasutterspca.org.

Text your zip code to 888777 to sign up for Nixle, a service that provides immediate alerts from local public safety and government agencies.

Please note that emergency services around the Bay Area are overwhelmed right now, and do not need more calls unless you have an immediate emergency.

Stay off the roads, if possible, as you are hindering emergency vehicles and urgent evacuees from getting through.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s launches shelf tag program to provide nutrition label transparency

Raley’s launches shelf tag program to provide label transparency

A unique tool helps shoppers more easily find the foods they need for their personal wellness needs

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to Nielsen data, 59% of grocery shoppers experience difficulty in understanding nutrition facts on product packaging.[1] Meanwhile, recognizing ingredients ranks first for consumers in terms of what influences their decision to purchase a food or beverage.[2] Today, Raley’s launches a new, one-of-a-kind shelf tag program to help customers combat some of these obstacles in the grocery store and more easily make informed food purchasing decisions.

Raley’s Shelf Guide combines current food trends and leading research to set strict standards for packaged food claims and provide label transparency. The new tool differs from other shelf tag programs by taking a closer look at packaged ingredients, food processing and nutrition. Using simple and colorful icons, Raley’s Shelf Guide helps customers quickly interpret whether a product meets their needs, without having to analyze multiple labels. Raley’s has even created two of their own shelf tag descriptions – making it easy for customers to find food that is minimally processed and nutrient dense.

“We knew that Raley’s could develop a program that truly addresses the needs of our customers and serve as a trusted advisor. Raley’s Shelf Guide attributes will help our customers make easier decisions when shopping our stores,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s Owner & Chief Executive Officer. “Only foods that meet the strict standards of Raley’s will qualify for the Shelf Guide tags. I challenge food manufacturers to aspire to meet our Shelf Guide standards for their products at Raley’s.”

For ease of use, the icons are placed directly on the price tag. The top two icons are shared on the tag in-store. Customers seeking value at the shelf, will now be able to use the Shelf Guide to find a better option at an affordable price.

As a part of Raley’s click-and-collect service, eCart, online shoppers can sort for products using the Shelf Guide icons to quickly find products that meet their health and wellness needs on shop.raleys.com. More than 13,000 items in center store have at least one icon.

“This program comes at a time where there is a lot of uncertainty in food standards,” said registered dietitian, Kim Denkhaus. “I meet with clients all the time that are looking for an easier way to make decisions on what to buy at the grocery store. I’m excited for my clients to start using Shelf Guide at Raley’s – not only is it easy to understand, but it’s also going to help people feel more confident with the decisions they make when grocery shopping.”

This program is independently developed by Raley’s in partnership with Label Insight, and is not driven by any brands or products. Label Insight uses data science to provide access to complete and accurate product information for more than 400,000 products. This rich data was used to develop a set of custom attributes for the Raley’s Shelf Guide.

“Many consumers are driven by health and wellness goals, including special diets and ingredient allergies and aversions,” said Ronak Sheth, Chief Customer Officer at Label Insight. “Raley’s Shelf Guide has taken Label Insight data to the next level by using rigorous criteria designed by a certified dietitian to evaluate product ingredients and processing. Raley’s has gone above and beyond typical ‘organic’ or ‘non-GMO’ attributes to include criteria for sodium, sugar and fiber content by individual category, making them unique in the industry.”

Raley’s Shelf Guide was thoughtfully created by Raley’s, driven by science and backed by experts.  The program was reviewed and supported by Arianna Carughi, Ph. D. In Nutritional Sciences, C.N.S., “An enormous amount of work has gone into designing the Raley’s Shelf Guide to help simplify consumers’ purchasing decisions and make it easier to identify nutritious products,” said Arianna Carughi. “Raley’s has also gone above and beyond with Shelf Guide, as they have carefully considered the amount of added sodium and sugar in foods as well. Shelf Guide is truly going to inspire a better way of eating for Raley’s shoppers.”

For more information about Raley’s Shelf Guide and a full list of attributes, visit www.raleys.com/guide.

Raley’s unique Shelf Guide descriptions include:

  • Minimally Processed: Simply prepared with only clean ingredients, and limits on added sugar and sodium.
  • Nutrient Dense: Contains vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other beneficial substances that may have positive health effects.
  • No Added Sugar: No added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

 

[1] 2012 Nielsen study; https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160202185452.htm https://www.fmi.org/our-research/supermarket-facts
[2] http://www.foodinsight.org/sites/default/files/IFIC%20Food%20and%20Health%20Survey%20One-Pagers.pdf

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

MEDIA CONTACT

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Raley’s completes transition of its fresh seafood offerings to sustainable seafood

Raley’s completes transition of its fresh seafood offerings to sustainable seafood

 

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s is proud to announce the early completion of a transition of its fresh seafood offerings to sustainable seafood companywide as part of an ongoing effort to change the way the world eats, one plate at a time. This ambitious goal was accomplished six months ahead of schedule, making it easier for customers to select the best fresh, environmentally sound products.

“When humans consume seafood, we leave a permanent mark on the ecosystem,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “Sustainable seafood represents a healthy relationship with our planet that can endure forever. It is a way to replenish our oceans and manage their resources into the future. Informed consumers can make all the difference by finding out where their fish comes from and by making responsible choices.”

Sustainable seafood is either caught wild or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans without harming affected ecosystems. Raley’s fishery partners are dedicated to preserving the health of marine environments for future generations. Providing sustainable seafood means working with trusted fisheries and fishermen to ensure seafood is sourced responsibly and ethically.

Certified fisheries and farms must go through a rigorous process to validate that the practices used comply with requirements established by international experts. Raley’s only sources its fresh seafood from fisheries or farms with certifications recognized internationally as credible by scientific, industry and non-governmental organizations.

In addition, Raley’s vendors must provide documented evidence that products do not come from sources that utilize any illegal methods. Raley’s requires full seafood traceability, including audits and substantial documentation.

Raley’s seafood program, fishery certification and ongoing seafood audits are in partnership with Resiliensea Group. In addition, Raley’s seafood staff has undergone extensive training to answer customer questions about sustainability.

Contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s

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Raley’s opens new store at Rancho Cordova, California

Raley’s opens new store at Rancho Cordova, California

New location fills the need for fresh food offerings in the community

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Jun-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s advances their strategic growth plan with a new ground-up store opening today at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Douglas Road in Rancho Cordova, California. The 40,000-square-foot store offers fresh, high quality and healthy products in a format tailored to complement the local community. It marks the second new store Raley’s has opened in 2017 and provides residents with a much-needed full-service grocery store in a previously underserved area.

The Rancho Cordova store will offer fresh grocery items, an extensive selection of grab-and-go prepared foods, and a full-service deli, sushi and bakery department. This new store extends Raley’s vision to infuse life with health and happiness, and offers an extensive variety of natural and organic products, including an expanded probiotics section and more than 200 organic product items. Customers can expect high-quality products at affordable prices.

“We developed this store for customers who seek healthy food at affordable prices and an easy shopping experience,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “From freshly prepared food, to the inviting seating area, we hope this new modern store is a destination for the Rancho Cordova Community.”

Raley’s eCart service will be available at the new location, allowing customers to shop online and pick-up in-store. As an extension of Raley’s commitment to world class customer service, eCart customers can specify their produce/shopping preferences, which are hand-selected by a Raley’s e-commerce personal shopper.

Raley’s is consistently investing in the sustainable elements for new locations. The new store generates 240 KW of solar energy, reducing the impact on the grid. In addition, there are energy efficient refrigerated cases with doors to conserve energy and rooftop adiabatic condensers water/air cooled system that saves over 2 million gallons of water per year.

Raley’s has hired 115 new team members to serve the community, with over 50 percent of them living in the Rancho Cordova community. The grand opening celebration was held today in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, Donahue Schriber, Moorfield Construction and Stafford King Wiese Architects.

“When Donahue Schriber began development on Sunridge Plaza, we were overwhelmed by the amount of support received from the City of Rancho Cordova and the community as a whole,” said Heather Beal, Senior Vice President of Leasing. “Our company remains committed to delivering the best grocery-anchored shopping center experience for our customers. We are consistently impressed with the quality and value that Raley’s and its family of stores has become known for and are excited to be celebrating its grand opening.”

The three-day weekend grand opening celebration will be held July 7-9 at 4030 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95742. This free event will feature giveaways, food tastings, a shopping spree for three lucky winners and more!

For details on all upcoming events and activities follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Raley’s opens new store at Fair Oaks Boulevard & Howe Avenue in Sacramento

Raley’s opens new store at Fair Oaks Boulevard & Howe Avenue in Sacramento

Paving the way to a healthier community through fresh food, customized amenities, and environmentally responsible practices

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s furthers its vision of health and wellness with the grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art store at Fair Oaks Boulevard & Howe Avenue in Sacramento.

Located in the established Campus Commons/Arden neighborhood, the 35,000-square-foot store will offer customers an extensive assortment of fresh, high-quality food in a unique shopping experience.

“This new store has an even greater focus on health and wellness, with a larger assortment of natural and organic offerings,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s CEO & Chairman of the Board. “The amenities and product mix reflect the direction I envision for all of our stores and will serve this neighborhood well. We are excited to expand our vision to a new market area in Sacramento.”

At the heart of every business decision is Raley’s ongoing drive to infuse life with health and happiness. The store features specialized culinary offerings, including an enhanced food service counter with a Kombucha bar, sushi, a meat carving station, a salad/hot food case, and more. Additionally, the store offers a boutique-like bulk food section featuring spices, herbs and grains, as well as an expanded vitamins and supplements department. To enhance the personalized shopping experience, Raley’s will have on staff two nutritionists and a wine steward to offer guidance in their respective fields to customers.

“As consumer habits have changed so significantly in the last few years it is very exciting to be a part of this new, more efficient approach to grocery shopping,” said Mark Marvelli, Director of Commercial/Retail Studio, Stafford King Wiese Architects.

Raley’s is a leader in sustainability and strives to contribute to a cleaner community. Environmentally-friendly features were a primary consideration in this development. The store is equipped with solar panels that can generate two megawatts of power. The system successfully generates much of the energy needed onsite, relieving pressure on the grid during peak hours. In addition, the store includes many energy efficient features including refrigeration, lighting, and more. In partnership with EVgo, the store has two fast-charging stations, which can provide up to 80 miles of electric range in 25-30 minutes.

“Sustainability is, and will be, part of infusing life with health and happiness for many years to come, as we pave the way to healthier communities,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & COO. “We designed this store with this neighborhood in mind- offering specialized design features, fresh food offerings and personalized customer service.” Knopf also shared that this is the first of five new stores opening in the next 18-months.

Raley’s is leading the way to a better food system. This new store continues that innovation in both sustainability and in-store experience. Raley’s is known for providing world-class customer service, clean and easy-to-shop stores and high-quality products at a value. For more than 80 years, Raley’s has operated in Sacramento and this store affirms Raley’s commitment and investment in the region.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

CONTACT

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation launch new garden program to provide fresh produce for communities

Six Gardens Across Northern California and Nevada to Provide Fresh Produce for Communities

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation announced a new partnership creating a new garden program that will serve communities stretching from the Central Valley to Northern Nevada. Through the ROOT community gardens, the Kings and Raley’s will connect young adults, families, and non-profits that assist thousands with fresh, locally sourced produce while also growing the next generation of healthy eaters. The series of six “ROOT” community gardens at locations with diverse backgrounds are designed to educate new groups about the benefits of eating healthy.

With the help of the Reno Bighorns, the first garden will break ground in Reno, Nevada. Northern California Construction Training is providing garden boxes, planter beds and more will be installed at each site. The new gardeners will serve young adults at the BT Collins Detention Facility, elementary students in Chico, Ukiah’s Community Center and Food Bank Clients, and more – will have an opportunity to learn about sustainable living and food literacy.

“Raley’s is proud to be partnering with the Kings Foundation in this effort to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to our community,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “A garden provides health in diverse ways by offering nutrition, access, and camaraderie in one setting.  It’s all about growing healthy communities together and the amplifying effect when partnering with the Kings Foundation.”

“These gardens will inspire young people, families, and community members for years to come,” said Sacramento Kings Foundation Executive Director Scott Moak. “With Raley’s by our side, we’ll create a great place for communities to learn about nutrition and sustainability.”

Garden Locations include:
•         Reno Location – Rita Cannan Elementary School, 2450 Cannan St, Reno, NV
•         BT Collins Youth Detention Facility, 8300 Santa Cruz Street, Sacramento
•         The Salvation Army, 893 Lander Avenue, Turlock
•         Chapman Elementary School, 1071 16th Street, Chico
•         Ukiah Community Center & Food Bank,  888 N. State Street, Ukiah
•         Sacramento Children’s Home, 2750 Sutterville Road, Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to investing its time, resources, talent and passion working year-round to support the Sacramento region by serving as a positive agent of change. As part of ongoing efforts in doing so, the Kings have recently launched initiatives around sustainability, health, and education to better serve the community while making new and impactful relationships. For more information, visit Kings.com.

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Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods expand eCart program to many of their Bay Area stores

Raley’s eCart offers time saving convenience with “shop online, pick-up at store” option

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s, parent company to Nob Hills Foods, has expanded their eCart program to many of their Bay Area stores. The enhanced system improves upon the current online order and curbside pickup solutions across all existing eCommerce-enabled locations.

The platform is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving shopping experience.  eCart allows shoppers in 95 stores to order groceries online and pick up curbside at a local Raley’s, Bel Air Market or Nob Hill Foods.

Last year, in partnership with Unata, Raley’s re-launched both a new eCommerce website and an improved mobile application. The program features an enhanced user interface that allows customers to move seamlessly between a mobile device and a desktop computer.

“The way Raley’s delivers groceries is evolving and expanding.  Our new eCart locations will better serve our Bay Area customers by providing a personalized online shopping experience,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “Our system distinguishes us from the competition because it provides the same level of value and quality products our customers have come to expect, but in an online experience.”

eCart is a natural extension of Raley’s commitment to world class customer service: shoppers have the ability to specify produce preferences which are hand selected by a Raley’s ecommerce personal shopper.  They also can save: the first three orders for all customers are free and the shopper fee is waived for any orders of $150 or more. Payment is conveniently accepted at a customer’s car or online.

Bay Area stores with improved E-Cart services include:

  • Raley’s in Fremont, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, Napa, San Pablo, Ukiah, Petaluma,      Fairfield, Antioch,  Brentwood, Rohnert Park, and Benicia.
  • Nob Hill Foods in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Hollister, Salinas, Campbell, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Redwood City, San Ramon, Alameda, Mountain View, San Jose, Martinez, and Napa.

To view Raley’s mobile experience, simply head to www.raleys.com/shop.

SOURCE:Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Raley’s announces the promotion of Keith Knopf to President & COO

Raley’s announces the promotion of Keith Knopf to President & COO

 

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Owner & CEO, Michael Teel, has announced the promotion of Chief Operating Officer, Keith Knopf to President & COO. Knopf joined Raley’s nearly two years ago, around the time Teel took majority ownership of the company. Teel will continue to direct the development of Raley’s overall strategic plan.

“It is a historic time for Raley’s – and in my life. We took our time to find and hire Keith. He has exceeded my expectations in his less than two years here as Chief Operating Officer and earned the opportunity to take on the role of President & COO,” said Raley’s Owner & CEO, Michael Teel.

Knopf will continue to report to Teel, overseeing all aspects of the business. A proven Fortune 200 leader, with over 25 years retail experience and leadership roles in companies such as Kohl’s, Victoria’s Secret and May Company, Knopf has brought a strong balance of strategy and execution to the Raley’s executive leadership team. He believes in delivering a personalized customer experience and engaging team members in the company’s purpose. Knopf models servant leadership.

Teel will spend more of his time in the community encouraging organizations to join Raley’s in helping consumers make more nutritious food choices to lead healthier and happier lives. He with work with vendors, farmers, government, non-profit organizations, businesses and schools to help Raley’s affect change.

“I’m not going anywhere!” said Teel. “As Owner & CEO, I intend to stay involved in the business – focused more on where we are going in the future and how we can realize our vision and purpose. I am committed to continuing to build on our strong culture, and to support the passion our people have to infuse life with health & happiness by changing the way our customers eat, one plate at a time.”

As part of his commitment to the company’s team member experience, Teel promoted Senior Vice President, HR & Labor Relations, Mark Foley, to Chief People Officer, overseeing HR and Legal departments. Since returning to Raley’s in 2013, Foley has helped Teel re-energize the culture, motivating team members to personally connect to the company’s purpose.

“I believe Raley’s will make a difference, and is well-poised for future growth and longevity with our 11,000 team members and this strong leadership team,” Teel said.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raleys

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Raley’s Family of Fine Stores named “Retailer of the Year” at the Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Awards

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores named “Retailer of the Year” at the Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Awards
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores named “Retailer of the Year” at the Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Awards

 

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is honored to be named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Award Winner for the “Retailer of the Year” in the United States. Wine Enthusiast cited the grocery chain’s courage to reimagine its wine and spirits category and turn it into a thriving business. The honor is particularly highly regarded because the nominees are determined by an impartial panel of experts from the industry.

“Through our education efforts, we seek to broaden customers’ options for eclectic and affordable wines,” said Curtis Mann, Raley’s Director of Wine, Beer, and Spirits. “The team at Raley’s has been working hard over the last three years to develop a premiere department and greatly appreciate Wine Enthusiast’s recognition of these efforts.” Mann completed the distinguished Wine and Spirits Education Trust diploma and is sitting for the theory portion of the highly respected Masters of Wine Examination in June 2017.

In 2013, Raley’s began a transformation of its Wine, Beer & Spirits department to match its already best in class meat, seafood and fresh service deli offerings. The improvements included inroads into classic regions of the wine world as well as diverse offerings from California, Oregon and Washington at all price points, expanding Raley’s selection significantly.

The following year, the chain began hiring in-store wine stewards who help customers understand the exciting but complex world of wine.  Now, more than 30 Raley’s Wine Stewards have completed extensive training in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and have passed the WSET level 2 exam. Many of the Wine Stewards host a weekly educational tasting centered around a wine region or varietal, offering customers exposure to new regions, varieties and brands.

“We are curating a relationship with customers by offering an even more extensive selection of wine,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s Chief Operating Officer. “The wine department will continue to be a meaningful and significant part of how we serve our customers and differentiate ourselves from the competition.”

Raley’s continues to commit resources to the wine department with the installation of temperature controlled Borgon cases for high-end Wine Shop stores, as well as the creation of wine and beer bars in several stores. As the department has expanded, Raley’s has been able to secure allocations of highly sought after wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany and California, as well as developing programs with small producers and importers who typically sell only to restaurants.

Raley’s moves into the future promising to become an even more eclectic and innovative Wine, Beer & Spirits retailer.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raleys

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Prairie Grove Farms, Raley’s to donate over $50,000 to The Farmer Veteran Coalition

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prairie Grove Farms, in partnership with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, is proud to donate over  $50,000 to The Farmer Veteran Coalition. A portion of every Prairie Grove Farms product purchased at Raley’s helps provide veterans of all eras and branches with viable employment and meaningful careers in farming and ranching. These opportunities offer returning veterans a sustainable place in their community, while also strengthening rural economics.

“We are honored to partner with Raley’s to support the work FVC is doing to cultivate a new generation of American farmers,” stated Bart Vitorri, General Manager, Prairie Grove Farms. “By consumers choosing to purchase Prairie Grove Farms products in the Raley’s stores, together we have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of veteran farmers.”

Funds will be used to support specific programs including the “Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund”, which provides small grants to veteran farmers for the tools needed to grow or maintain a sustainable farming future. Farmer Veteran Coalition’s “Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund” assists veterans beginning a career in food and farming, and aides with business expansion, ensuring a smooth military transition. The grantees are awarded not only monetary assistance, but also in-kind supplies, one-on-one farm advice and farming education, as well as mentorships.

“The mission of the Farmer Veteran Coalition is mobilizing veterans to feed America.  But, we also mobilize America’s farmers to support our veterans,” said Michael O’Gorman, Executive Director, Farmer Veteran Coalition. “That is why it is so meaningful to see this support coming from the sale of a wholesome product raised by hard-working family farmers. Raley’s and Prairie Grove Farms’ support makes a direct impact on the success of our farmer veterans in the early stages of their farming endeavors.”

“Raley’s is proud to partner with Prairie Grove Farms in their support of the Farmer Veteran Coalition,” said Koen Vermeylen, Raley’s Director, Meat & Seafood. “We are honored to be able to assist our returning veterans, as a small way of thanking them for their service to our country.”

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raleys

Raley’s provides free fruit to kids in stores while parents shop

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an ongoing effort to infuse life with health and wellness, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is providing free fruit to kids in stores while parents shop. Baskets of fruit are placed in the entrance of each store, as a nutritious snack option for kids under the age of 12.

“Raley’s wants to connect kids with fresh and healthy food, while enhancing our customers’ overall shopping experience,” said Kevin Konkel, Senior Vice President of Store Operations. “Offering kids free fruit is an opportunity to provide a nutritious snack option.  We know that small changes in food choices can make an impact over time.”

As Raley’s promotes their vision of wellness, making fresh fruit as accessible as possible to youth who are so early on in their personal food journeys can help instill better dietary choices/practices later in life.

“Fruit is a delicious and easy way for kids to get more fiber and important nutrition into their day, keeping their immune system strong and their taste buds happy!” said Emmie Satrazemis, Raley’s Wellness Evangelist.

Eighty-seven percent of Americans don’t meet recommendations for daily fruit consumption. A vital point at which to begin introducing positive food choices is when children are setting up their habits for a lifetime.

There is a misconception that fruits and vegetables are more expensive than other foods. Contrary to popular belief, produce is no more expensive than many less nutritious options.  With a majority of Raley’s stores in or near America’s Farm to Fork capital, providing free fruit to children is a unique opportunity to educate the next generation of consumers, one piece of fruit at a time.

“Let’s Begin” is a multi-dimensional effort to share Raley’s vision of health and wellness with customers; inviting others to take small steps toward a healthier lifestyle through education, personal goal setting and sharing.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raleys

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Food For Families has launched its Summer Fresh Drive, designed to raise funds and increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.

During the school year, 21 million children from financially challenged homes in the United States eat a school lunch every day. The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer and fresh, healthy produce is in extreme short supply.Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities.“We know fresh fruits and vegetables are critical to individual health, so it’s with great pride that we offer our customers a way to help create wellness in their communities,” said Becca Whitman, Food For Families Executive Director. “Our customers and vendors are incredibly generous to our program- and with their support, we can offer fresh fruits and vegetables to all.”

Every dollar counts- community members can help provide produce to food banks in their neighborhoods. Throughout the month of July, every Raley’s, Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods will be participating in a summer donation drive. A $1 donation will help provide fresh fruits and veggies to a local food bank and will be matched by Raley’s, up to $25,000. Last summer, customers, team member and businesses raised over $600,000 to fight hunger in their communities.
“We see first-hand how hard summer months can be on local families, who rely on school breakfasts or lunches during school months,” shares Blake Young, President/CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “Fresh produce and other items from Raley’s Food For Families make a tremendous impact at our food distributions during the summer months. SFBFS serves over 130,000 men, women and children each month and the food from Raley’s Food for Families is greatly appreciated by the families we serve.”

This year, Raley’s Food For Families program celebrates 30 years. The program is an integral part of feeding those in need, in communities throughout Northern California and Nevada. The Summer Fresh Drive will provide fresh, nutritious produce – getting real food to real families.

Some Fresh Facts:
• 49 million Americans are food insecure – many of them children.
• 37 million Americans are being served by food banks and soup kitchens.
• 40% of people receiving emergency food assistance are also employed.
• Families facing hunger are far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet.
• 90% of at-risk youth don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables on a regular basis fact
• Hunger and obesity can be a deadly pair.

About Food For Families
The Food For Families program started in 1986 and has raised over $33 million and donated over 24 million pounds of food to families in need. 100% of the funds go to fighting hunger; every penny donated goes directly to feeding families, and none to expenses, fees or traditional overhead, all of which are absorbed by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. For more information, visit www.foodforfamilies.org

About Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Raley’s is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source. Raley’s was founded in 1935 by Thomas P. Raley and is a major grocery chain best known for high quality products, fresh produce, fine meats and outstanding customer service. Raley’s strives to make its customers’ lives easier and better by delivering a personalized food shopping experience. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

 

Source: Raley’s

Raley’s announces new store in Truckee, Nevada County

Fourth new market expansion in the last nine months

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s is proud to announce a new store in in the Town of Truckee in Nevada County. Raley’s, in partnership with JMA Ventures LLC, plans to develop a new retail center at the corner of Highway 267 and Soaring Way, adjacent to the Truckee Airport.

The new retail center will be designed to fit the Truckee community with natural wood elements and inspired by lodge-style architecture. The new 35,000 square foot flagship store will serve residents and those visiting the area. Consistent with Raley’s commitment to sustainability, this store will incorporate leading technology in energy conversation and water management.

Customers will experience a full-service store with an extensive assortment of fresh, healthy and high-quality food, including natural and organic offerings. Special emphasis on specialty services, including restaurant-quality grab-and-go options.

“As we move forward on our journey of health and wellness, Truckee is an important location to enhance our vision,” said Michael Teel, President, CEO & owner, Raley’s. “We are looking forward to serving the Truckee community with an exceptional shopping and food experience, all four seasons of the year.”

In addition to the Raley’s store, the first phase of the center will include an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space. The new retail space will create an estimated 140 jobs to the local community.

“We are very proud and excited about our partnership with Raley’s and the Town and this investment further cements JMA’s confidence in and commitment to the Truckee-Tahoe region,” said Todd Chapman, CEO, JMA Ventures LLC.

Subject to Town of Truckee approval, the new retail center plans to begin construction in late 2017 with a targeted completion of mid-2018. This new location is Raley’s fourth new market expansion in the last nine months.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s announces new store in Truckee, Nevada County

Raley’s announces new store in Truckee, Nevada County

Raley’s: Free asthma screening to customers in a ten store pilot program

Sacramento Region Among the Most Challenging Places to Live with Asthma

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, in partnership with Breathe California, are offering free asthma screening to customers in a ten store pilot program.

The ten participating locations were identified as highly impacted asthma regions in Northern California. Customers will be screened by a physician or other medical professional and provided necessary asthma education and trigger reduction materials. They will also have time to consult with healthcare professionals in a relaxed environment.  Each patient will leave with their printed spirometry test results with appropriate recommendations to pursue care.

“Providing wellness education is a top priority for our pharmacists in the field,” said Lee Worthy, Raley’s Vice President of Pharmacy. “The asthma screenings are the first step towards getting relief for those suffering with asthma. Our pharmacists are prepared to partner with customers who have asthma in their journey toward health and wellness.”

Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences and lost workdays. It is estimated that over 300,000 people have asthma in the Breathe California’s 28-county service area.

“Breathe California is excited to be partnering with Raley’s, enabling us to reach into the neighborhoods where our services are most needed,” said Kori Titus, CEO of Breathe California.  “The Sacramento region has disproportionately high rates of asthma, and many cases go undiagnosed. We look forward to helping Raley’s customers breathe easier.”

The pilot program will run from mid-May through mid-June.

These same pharmacies will also begin offering customers free smoking cessation materials, also known as “Quit Kits”.  Breathe California and Raley’s will provide customers who wish to quit smoking a variety of tools to help them become tobacco free. Last year, Raley’s eliminated tobacco products from their stores. The decision was the chain’s next big step in ongoing efforts to provide healthier options and to raise awareness about health and wellness.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Raley’s, Sacramento Kings, KTXL Fox 40 donate to support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire

Fair Oaks, CA, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Funds raised by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, the Sacramento Kings and KTXL Fox 40 will support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire. These fires are considered among the most destructive in California history. “Our community is strong, and we back one another up in times of need,” said Leigh White, KTXL Fox 40’s VP General Manager. “F0X 40 viewers stepped up financially for our neighbors. We as a station are proud to use our airwaves as a vehicle for the message of hope and care, and we will continue to tell the stories of those affected while they rebuild what was lost.”

Collections will be dispersed equally between the American Red Cross and food bank partners through Raley’s non-profit, Food For Families. “With the fires contained, the rebuilding of our communities begins,” said Chelsea Minor, Director of Public Relations & Public Affairs. “Raley’s will continue to work with businesses and residents to continue to support our communities as they recover from the devastating fires.”

Donations from customers, fans and viewers will help supply much needed essentials to thousands of individuals affected by the regional wildfires. The Red Cross is providing shelter, meals, water, relief supplies, health services, emotional comfort and assisting people in planning their next steps.

“We are humbled by the support received by the community to help the people affected by the California Wildfires,” said Lilly Wyatt, Director of Regional Communications with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief allowed us to respond immediately to these wildfires and are still being used to provide help right now to people in need in California.”

Donations will continue to be accepted online at www.Foodforfamilies.org/donate. “Many of the families impacted by these devastating fires haven’t returned to their homes, jobs, or a daily routine,” said Scott Moak, Executive Director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation. “Our fans and community took a great first step to help those impacted begin rebuilding their lives, but there is more work to be done. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to help, in the communities affected, on the ground, and directly with those in need.“

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family

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Raley’s, Sacramento Kings, KTXL Fox 40 donate to support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire

Raley’s, Sacramento Kings, KTXL Fox 40 donate to support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire