Faith, community support help M&K Market reopen

March 20, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Mark Schetrompt, owner of M&K Market on Pa. 997 in Waynesboro, Pa., stocks shelves in preparation for the store's reopening on Wednesday.
By Roxann Miller/Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Devastated by a fire six months ago, M&K Market will reopen Wednesday with the same clean, fresh and friendly motto, and a few surprises.

Owner Mark Schetrompt can’t wait to see the look on customers’ faces when the doors open at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“People have been calling and asking when we’re going to reopen,” Schetrompt said. “I said right away that I’m going to reopen. It’s going to take me time, but I’m going to reopen.”

M&K Market, at 11359 Anthony Highway (Pa. 997), has added a few extras that it didn’t have before, such as a dining area with tables and chairs.

A 10-to-12 item hot bar has been added that will be stocked with a variety of items including spaghetti, baked chicken, lasagna, chipped beef, noodles, gravy, peas and carrots from 10 a.m. until about 7 p.m.

“I’m hoping my old customers will come back, and I hope I gain a lot more,” Schetrompt said. “The first time the customer comes through the door is the only chance you’ll have to keep them. And to me, if the store is not stocked, if your product is not in date, if it’s not clean and if your employees are not friendly, you’re never going to keep them.

“I wanted to get back open as soon as I could. From day one since the fire happened, I have never given up,” said Schetrompt, who has had to call upon that unflappable resolve before.

The Sept. 4, 2010, fire that struck his store is just one of many challenges the 37-year-old Schetrompt has had to overcome.

“I was devastated. I was overwhelmed,” said Schetrompt, recalling the horror of seeing his livelihood almost go up in flames.

After working as a manager at Sheetz stores in the Frederick (Md.) and Martinsburg (W.Va.) areas, Schetrompt bought the former Henicle’s Market from Kerry Bumbaugh in August 2008.

He renamed the grocery store M&K for the initials of his first name and his 13-year-old daughter, Karleigh.

While he waited, not knowing what remained of his store, he worried not only about the retail merchandise but about his personal belongings inside the store.

“All my sister’s pictures were in there, and all my daughter’s pictures, too. I got to keep one picture of my sister,” he said.

His sister, Penny, died in January 2009. Schetrompt cares for his sister’s two children.

The store was closed at the time of the fire, according to fire officials.

Schetrompt said the fire was ruled electrical in nature and destroyed the second floor.

The fire damage was contained to the second floor, but the first floor had water damage, fire officials said previously.

Schetrompt said his faith, community support and his loyal staff of nine are what helped him reopen.

“I want to thank the community for all their support and offering to help so that I could get back on my feet and reopen my doors,” Schetrompt said. “I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I have received.”

Despite how the store looked after the fire, M&K store Manager Tess Sprankle had no doubts about the store reopening.

“I knew we would reopen,” Sprankle said. “I love my job, and I love the customers.”

M&K cashier Robin Vaughn could barely contain her excitement as she helped prepare the store for the reopening.

“All of our regular customers have been asking when we are going to reopen,” Vaughn said. “I can’t wait to get back. I can’t wait to see the customers’ reaction on Wednesday because this is a new look for us.”

M&K Market, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays, will continue to offer fresh produce, deli, an in-house butcher, catering and more.

“I don’t want any customer to go away unhappy. If they come to the store and don’t see something they want stocked, please let me know,” Schetrompf said. “I think customers will find shopping at M&K an even more enjoyable experience than it was before.”

If you go ...

M&K Market reopens Wednesday at 8 a.m.

11359 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, Pa.

$5 off $50 purchase

Free pack of hot dogs and rolls for the first 100 customers

For more information, call 717-762-7141.

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