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Smithsburg market moving


SMITHSBURG - Much of Kent Reynolds' teenage years were spent at the Smithsburg Market. He earned money while attending high school and college working as a cashier, stockboy, and doing what ever was needed.

In 1995, Reynolds, 28, purchased the market when it was put up for sale by his former employers, Brinton and JoEllen Keeseman of Smithsburg.

"I wanted to keep the business in town," he said.

Wanting to increase its size and the services offered to the public, Reynolds said he is moving the market across the street to 48 S. Main St.

Excel Construction Co., Hagerstown, started work at the site on April 7. The construction is expected to be completed in five months.


"Wherever possible we tried to keep it local," Reynolds said of the contractors and subcontractors.

The supermarket had been at the 45 S. Main St. location for about 50 years, changing names and ownership a few times.

Finding a new site for the market was not difficult, he said.

"When I started looking, I only looked in the downtown," he said. "We need a market within town limits."

Reynolds said the new site was ideal because it is close to the existing store.

"It also cleans up a section of town" that had been deteriorating, he said.

The new Smithsburg Market will be 3,400 square feet and will offer an expanded deli counter, in-store bakery, produce and frozen food sections, Reynolds said.

There will be off-street parking in the front and handicapped accessibility.

The Smithsburg native said he wanted to maintain the small-town feeling of the present market.

Reynolds said he plans to create a "nostalgic market scene" by placing stands outside.

Smithsburg Mayor Tommy Bowers also had been employed at the market while growing up in town.

"It brings back a lot of memories. I worked as a stockboy for 75 cents an hour. I think it's great that he's keeping it in town," he said.

Carroll Draper drives from his Cavetown home to the Smithsburg Market each day for breakfast and lunch.

"They have good food at a nice price," he said. Draper said he also enjoys talking to the employees.

The new market will be on the site of the former Chewsville Cooperative Association mill and farm store. The structures were demolished in July 1998 in preparation for construction of the new market.

During the demolition, Eddie Stoneberger, 47, of South Main Street, was hit by a falling beam on July 25, 1998. He died on Aug. 9 at the Washington County Hospital.

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