Valu King vice president Jeff Galmarini expects the company's new Reynoldsburg store to be one of its best for a simple reason: location.

Valu King vice president Jeff Galmarini expects the company's new Reynoldsburg store to be one of its best for a simple reason: location.

"When I drove through this market over a year ago, we came upon this site," he recalled. 'We were just driving through the neighborhood and I jumped up and down in the car saying, 'what about this location?'

"The population here is fantastic. There are lots of folks that seem to live right here in this community where in a lot of markets, supermarkets are moving out to the suburbs and out of the towns," he said.

Valu King, a subsidiary of Giant Eagle, opened Sunday, May 23, in 55,000 square feet of space once occupied by Big Bear at 6300 E. Livingston Ave., just east of Brice Road. A grand opening celebration was scheduled for May 27.

The store had been vacant since 2004. Mayor Brad McCloud said Valu King will bring much-needed improvement to that area of Reynoldsburg.

"The city is excited to welcome Valu King to the neighborhood," he said. "Valu King's presence not only brings life to an otherwise vacant storefront, but it brings a number of much-needed jobs to the area."

City development director Lucas Haire said opening a grocery store as been the No.1 request from people who live in the surrounding neighborhood since the Big Bear closed.

Valu King is using a little more than half of the 101,000 square feet available in the building. The city continues to search for businesses to occupy the rest of the space but Haire said so far, no prospects have been identified.

Valu King entered the Ohio market in November 2008 when it opened a store in Eastlake. It also operates stores in Ravenna and Norwalk and recently opened an outlet in Pataskala.

"We're really excited about this location," Galmarini said. "It's just bringing it back to life Pataskala was the same situation: That location was close to demolition and if you look at it today, you just can't even believe the difference."

Galmarini said the Reynoldsburg store employs 75 and offers a mix of popular national and regional brands alongside its own Valu Time and Food Club brands.

The store also offers a full-service deli, fresh meat cut in-store daily, plus ground meat that is ground fresh daily.

Valu King also offers fresh poultry and a wide assortment of fresh produce, including locally grown and in-season produce, Galmarini said. "Our produce comes in fresh every day," he said. "It's top-quality produce and we're really proud of that."

Another feature of the store is an entire aisle is dedicated to Italian foods with hundreds of offerings from the Gia Russa product line.

In addition, Valu King accepts manufacturer coupons. In order to keep prices low and minimize operating costs, the company does not use supermarket customer loyalty programs and it minimizes its advertising and promotional activities.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own traditional and reusable bags. If necessary, customers may purchase grocery bags for a minimal fee.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.