Redmond Ridge QFC will have frozen and refrigerated items available by Friday

Cold and frozen foods will be available at the Redmond Ridge QFC as early as Friday following last Sunday's fire that was sparked by an exterior generator and destroyed the store's coolant systems, according to a QFC press release.

Many of the coolers and freezers at the store will be operational by mid Friday, when employees will begin restocking the units with fresh and frozen products.

The store has remained open on its normal 24-hour schedule while the company has been working to acquire replacement equipment. The temporary replacement compressors will be phased in to allow the store to run 80-90 percent of its refrigerated and frozen units. The store will be fully operational and stocked by the middle of next week, the press release said.

Employees have been working around the clock to get the store's coolant systems back online during the busy holiday season.

The team effort in getting the store back to normal includes:

• A nationwide search for compatible equipment to run the store's cooling systems;

• Quick response by store associates to transfer cold items to refrigerated trailers which transferred the products to other QFC stores;

• Around-the-clock mechanical and electrical engineering help to set up the replacement equipment; and

• Warehouse assistance in the ordering and delivery of fresh replacement products and a large group of extra stockers, including corporate office staff to get the store restocked as quickly as possible.

“Beginning Friday afternoon we expect to see this store begin to restock the high quality fresh and frozen products QFC is known for and we look forward to serving the holiday needs of the Redmond Ridge community just as we have in previous years,” QFC Vice President of Operations John Turley said.

Since the fire broke out, shelves in the meat, seafood, dairy and frozen food departments have been empty with signs posted around the store advising shoppers that all all refrigerated, frozen and perishable items are not available.

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