R-N Market checks out of Lindsay, Exeter

The road sign for Exeter’s R&N Market awaits its change to SaveCo.(Kenny Goodman)

R-N Markets will close after 50 years in the two cities; Lindsay is taken over by Razco Supermarket and Exeter by Sanger-based SaveCo

TULARE COUNTY – A staple of Exeter and Lindsay for more than half a century, the name R-N Market will no longer appear on grocery stores in Exeter and Lindsay.

Both stores were sold this month to different companies. The Lindsay location, 765 N. Harvard Ave., closed as of Sept. 16. The 13,000 square foot store will reopen under the name “Razco Supermarket.” New owners Saleh and Sami Ahmed have been in business for 28 years as owners of Stop N Shop in Hanford.

The Exeter location, 655 W. Visalia Rd., was purchased this month by Sanger-based SaveCo, owned and operated by Muffed “Mike” Alamsi. SaveCo also owns the State Foods Supermarkets and Best Buy grocery chains.

State Foods operates 16 stores in the Central Valley including Woodlake, Parlier, Sanger, Firebaugh and Dos Palos. Best Buy has three locations in Visalia, Lemoore and Hanford. The company previously purchased and converted the R-N in Orosi into a SaveCo brand store.

Both R-N stores were owned by Chung & Lau, Inc., founded by Raymond Chun. Like most of the R-N Markets in the Valley, the Exeter and Lindsay stores were founded by Chinese immigrants, have catered to low income residents offering popular Hispanic and Chinese produce and prepared foods along with typical American food items. It was not unusual to find pigs feet in the meat counter or a hogs head looking back at you.

Besides Lindsay and Exeter, R-N Market has closed in Hanford, Tulare, Atwater and Orosi over the years leaving Visalia, Parlier and Fresno as the only stores still operating under the grocery chain.

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