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Boonsboro's Weis Market scheduled to open today

December 03, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - After 25 years with Weis Markets, Dave Johnson has come home ... well, almost.

As the manager of the Boonsboro Weis Market superstore that is to open today, Johnson is excited to be at the helm of the 158th store in the chain. And he is happy to be working close to home.

"I'm from Wolfsville, and in my years with Weis, I have been as far away as Montgomery County," Johnson said.

Interest in the Boonsboro store was so high that some neighbors actually brought lawn chairs into the parking lot to watch the construction, which began in April, Johnson said.

"This is going to be a real asset to the Town of Boonsboro," he said.

Johnson said he is proud of the new store along Alternate U.S. 40 and is anxious to show it off.

Features include a full-service deli with made-to-order pizza and heat-and-serve meals; a produce department with organic and natural items; brand-name groceries; expanded health and beauty aids; full-service bakery; seafood department; pharmacy; eight-pump gas station; and four self-scan checkout lanes.

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The new store will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled for today at 8:30 a.m., with customers admitted at 9 a.m. There are to be children's giveaways, drawings, food samplings and costumed characters roaming through the store.

A live band is to be in the store today for about two hours, Johnson said. Boonsboro fire and rescue equipment will be on display in the parking lot.

As part of today's grand opening, Weis Markets will make $14,000 in charitable donations, including $10,000 to Washington County Hospital for a maternity/birthing room, and $1,000 each to the Boonsboro Free Library and Boonsboro's fire, police and rescue departments, according to Tom Moser, Weis Markets district manager.

Moser and Johnson were supervising store employees on Friday afternoon as they busily put the finishing touches on the new store.

"We hired good people," Johnson said.

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