Center St. store to open by June

April 16, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

The Center Street Store, which will offer grocery delivery to senior citizens, is expected to open between May 15 and June 1, the Washington County Human Development Council's executive director said Wednesday.

Executive Director Ron Harsh said the opening, originally planned for March, was delayed because the 401 Center St. building had to be refurbished. The former Gossard's store at that site closed about two years ago.

Harsh said he has been astounded by the time and materials being donated to the project by area business people as well as the financial assistance from government agencies.

The council's mentally and physically disabled clients will apply for on-the-job training in the neighborhood store before moving on to other jobs. Two council employees and two to four council clients would operate the store.


The store would start with an inventory of mostly nonperishable items as well as bread, milk and eggs.

Thanks to a $13,000 grant from Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration, the council will be able to stock other products and offer other services sooner than expected, Harsh said.

The store could be serving sandwiches from the grill within six months after opening, he said.

The council also received $7,500 from the Washington County Gaming Commission, Harsh said.

Donations have come from architect Kurt Cushwa, contractor Steve Walker, Larry & Sons, GW Electric Co. and Lowe's of Hagerstown, he said.

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