Even before the speeches started, Save Mart employees took group shots and displayed their team spirit while more than 50 energetic people gathered in front of the renovated store Thursday morning for the ribbon-cutting and to start experiencing new shopping features.

Save Mart employees from other branches and spectators listened to speeches from Tehachapi Mayor Ed Grimes, store manager Tim King and other representatives.

"The renovation looks terrific. I can't believe the transformation, but even more important they created 20 more jobs, and they are giving away money to groups, and so they have an investment in this community and I want you to continue to do these type of things," Grimes said.

There were two $500 donations, one given to the Have a Heart Humane Society, and the other to the Tehachapi High School Band. In addition to 20 new jobs, more than 80 associates are now working at the newly renovated store. The store features a new look, self-check out stations, a selection of organic produce, soup and salad bar, and other features. 

King said, "Thank you for putting up with us throughout the project, I think it was well worth it and we have a beautiful store and look forward to seeing each and every one of you here every day, especially on Senior Day! I am so thankful all of you are here."