North Medford Fred Meyer officially emerges from its remodeling at 2 p.m. today.

North Medford Fred Meyer officially emerges from its remodeling at 2 p.m. today.

North Medford High School's marching band, Gary the Balloon Guy and Fred Bear will make appearances at the 168,000-square-foot retail store on Crater Lake Highway.

Fred Meyer arrived in Medford in 1982. A second store opened at South Gateway shopping center in 1994.

The North Medford store was last remodeled in 1999. This time Kroger Co. added a 21-pump fueling station, extended the roof over the garden center, added guns and ammunition and expanded the home department.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the addition of skylights and a system that varies the store's lighting based on the sunlight available each day.

— Greg Stiles