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The Story

Nestled in to the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains lies Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a small mountain community that boasts a hefty tourist season and a population of dedicated locals. Tucked into the mountain landscape is Jackson Whole Grocer, a lumber yard/hardware store turned supermarket. While the mountains and ravines create a brilliant landscape with plenty of adventure to offer, they do not present an ideal opportunity for expansion and development. And so, when owners Jeff and Darcy Rice decided to relocate their current establishment, they set their sights on the lumberyard location with dreams of a larger store bustling with patrons that reflected both the town and the location they’d come to love. Mehmert Store Services, along with local firms GE Johnson as general contractor and Berlin Architects providing the building shell design, worked diligently to create this unique shopping experience.

The new store design focuses, first, on a one of a kind structure.  Beginning with the canvas of a former drive-thru lumberyard, the industrial site was transformed into a beautiful building.  Special attention was given to creating a shell that reclaimed the original timber while incorporating the modern steel structure of the remodel. This approach was carried throughout the store as a hybrid of reclaimed and restored materials sits among new productions and modern design choices.

With a decidedly mountain-air atmosphere, vibrant hues of orange and red juxtapose with the deep tones of recycled timber and artisan creations. Inspiration centers around the perfect blend of conventional and organic, reclaimed and brand new.

Distressed orchard bins and tables display gleaming produce while carefully selected lighting reveals ready-made meals nearby.

A 180 degree multi-deck refrigerated display attracts rugged local guides and adventurists stocking up for the day ahead while the contrasting rustic wooden beams overhead point to the store’s natural surroundings.

State of the art meat, deli, and bakery cases sit along the backdrop of earth-toned tiles and stainless-wrapped timber columns.

Pallet-style aged signs direct shoppers to modernized departments with clean lines.

Customers are welcomed in to the café, boasting modern décor and laser-cut lighting while reclining at tables and chairs made from original lumber reclaimed from a former building on the original site.

All of this unique design asthetic calls for a unique approach to equipment.

LED lighting illuminates fresh produce, local meats, vibrant organics, and everyday conventional staples against the framework of reclaimed wood and weathered finishes. With the highest energy efficiency possible in every corner of the store the LED options make both the merchandise and the design shine.

Another non-conventional design is hidden throughout the store as the glycol medium temp refrigeration combined with heat pumps for heating and cooling keep things running smoothly behind the scenes while contributing to the green effort and efficiency of design.


New Store

Completion Date

June 2014

Services Provided

  • Project Management
  • Equipment Management
  • Design Services

The knowledge and the staff of Mehmert Store Services was incredible. It did not matter whether it was drawings or floor tiles, plumbing questions or doors, installation or refrigeration issues; they always brought valuable insight and experience to the discussion.

— Paul Wolk

Pick ‘N Save – Wausau, WI