Weis superstore opening Friday

November 12, 1997

Weis superstore opening Friday


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Shiny new shopping carts line the front, most of the food is neatly stocked on the shelves, and the 200 new employees are getting final instructions.

Deliveries of milk, meat and other perishable food will come in Thursday and the tiled floor will be polished with a fresh coat of wax in preparation for the new Weis Markets superstore grand opening on Friday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m., after which the 53,000-square-foot Wayne Avenue store will open to its first customers.


A new Wayne Plaza sign marks the entrance to the store at the intersection of Wayne and Sheller avenues, where a new traffic light was installed two weeks ago.

"We're definitely excited. We're anxiously awaiting our opening day," said Thomas Moser Jr., store manager.

Construction of the Weis Markets superstore began in late spring. It's the company's fourth superstore to open in Pennsylvania this year, bringing to 129 the number in the state, said Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets' public relations director.

The Wayne Avenue superstore replaces the former Weis store on Lincoln Way East, which closed in 1987.

This year the company has built 25 superstores and remodeled 33 others in six states as part of a $120 million expansion plan, Curtin said.

"We're in the midst of the most ambitious expansion in the company's history," he said.

Weis Markets celebrated its 85th anniversary in May.

The brightly lighted, wide-aisled store with 11 checkout lanes - including two express lanes - represents a new generation of Weis Markets that are designed to accommodate the weekly or biweekly shopper as well as the daily customer, Curtin said.

With an emphasis on "express," the new store features a food court offering prepared meals and a made-to-order deli and pizza kitchen, along with its own checkout

"Time is very valuable to people these days," Moser said.

The store has a full-service pharmacy, a fresh fruit and salad bar, a floral shop, and a bagel kitchen where homemade bagels will be boiled and hearth-baked.

The store also has a meat counter that operates like a traditional butcher shop at which customers can get a specific cut of meat, Moser said.

Citizens National Bank will have a branch office at the store.

Weis Markets, with headquarters in Sunbury, Pa., has 154 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey and New York.

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