Northgate Market opens its first Inland store in Riverside

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(This article was written by Jack Katzanek and published on the Press-Enterprise on November 18, 2019)

Northgate Gonzalez Market, a supermarket chain with Mexican roots and 40 Southern California locations, will open its first in the Inland Empire on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The 42,000-square-foot store took the place of a shuttered Toys R Us store.

Northgate has stores in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. The expansion to Riverside was initiated by a growing shift eastward by much of its customer base. The company told the Press-Enterprise that the demographics of Riverside County, with more than half its population now with Latino roots, makes the area attractive.

Co-president Miguel Gonzalez will join Riverside city officials at the opening ceremony.

The new store, with inventory imported from Mexico, will feature full-size meat, bakery and tortilleria departments. It also has space for classes and plans to partner with local groups to host sessions teaching diabetes control, yoga, cooking and other subjects.

Additionally, a medical clinic, Clinica Bienestar, will operate out of the Riverside location.

Northgate Gonzalez Markets will employ 224 people, according to the company, with 168 of them recruited from the Riverside area. Potential workers can go to northgatemarket.com/careers for more information.