The ribbon cutting for the new Smith’s Marketplace Wednesday was relatively quiet, at least compared to what followed.
Within an hour of opening, the parking lot was starting to fill up and by lunchtime it was packed.
Reports kept coming back to Los Alamos Monitor — at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 11 p.m. — it was still packed.
The trend continued Thursday and Friday and shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
“I can’t release sales information, but I can tell you that both yesterday and today (Wednesday and Thursday) we exceeded anything we thought was possible at this store,” manager Erik Boehm said. “So it will be an impressive store when it’s all said and done.”
Boehm was able to provide some figures about the number of transactions. The store racked up 8,900 transactions the first day from an estimated 14,000 people. Day two saw 7,000 transactions from approximately 12,000 customers.
“So we probably put 26,000 people through the store in the last two days,” Boehm said.
That estimate may even be a little low, considering the number of people who just came in to check out the store without making a purchase.