The Vismarkt branch of the Albert Heijn supermarkets will be temporarily closed from the 7th until the 27th of February for renovations.
Albert Heijn has been located in the stunning neo-classical Korenbeurs building since 2000. It’s a fitting spot for a supermarket, as back in the day, there was a permanent market and stock exchange took place there. The interior of the supermarket had been adapted to the monumental interior of the building, something they will undoubtedly have to do again. Supermarket manager Jeroen Engels told Dagblad van het Noorden that “this renovation will again be done with the most care for historical buildings.”
The Gall & Gall liquor shop located in the same building will be closed too during the same renovation period.
However, a grand re-opening party is planned for the 27th of February at 11:00 to celebrate the newly refurbished store which will also focus on healthy products. The event will feature a DJ, barista, and…. a hamster! Albert Heijn’s cuddly mascot.
Staffed check-out lanes scrapped
According to store Operations Manager Esmee Haarsma, there will be new freezers, refrigerators, and a bigger fresh produce department with fruits, veggies, salads, and more organic as well as vegan items.
There will also be a water filling station to fill up your water bottle on the go.
Another big change is the scrapping of the traditional staffed check-out lanes. Only self-scan tills will feature in the new design. However, cash payments are set to still be possible.
Despite all these big changes, the historical parts inside of the monumental building will not be meddled with, and neither will, of course, the outside. The outside of the historical building had already been renovated. It consists of multiple statues of Neptune (seafaring), Ceres (agriculture), and Mercury (trade), which have also been restored recently and were put in their original places. It is no wonder this Albert Heijn location has previously held the title of The Netherlands’ most beautiful supermarket.
During this renovation period, customers are welcome in the other locations of Albert Heijn in the Brugstraat, Oude Ebbingestraat, or Gedempte Zuiderdiep.