Plywood entrances, temporary shelving and displaced merchandise at Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway are part of an approximately $2 million remodeling project in progress at the Hagerstown store, the company said.
The extensive renovation of the store is expected to be completed by Christmas, giving it a more modern look and more amenities, said Chris Brand, a spokesman for the company.
Once complete, the store will have an expanded product selection, a new entrance, reconfigured interior and an overall updated look, Brand said.
When the Dual Highway Martin's was built in 1995, it was a state-of-the-art store, Brand said.
After 16 years, "it's time for a new look and a remodel," he said. "We are refreshing every department."
Work on the project began about five weeks ago and is being completed by Virginia-based Crisak Inc., Brand said.
As construction progresses, the sign on the facade is gone, replaced by plywood and plastic sheeting. Two covered plywood entrances direct shoppers into and out of the store as the front vestibule is expanded.
Inside the store, workers have been temporarily relocating merchandise and hanging updated aisle identification signs as the new floor plan begins to take shape.
Features inside the store will be moved as part of the work.
The pharmacy will move from its current location to the opposite side of the store, where it will be combined with health and beauty items to create a drugstore-like atmosphere, Brand said.
Customer service will move to the front of the store to better assist customers, he said.
The store will also have a Nature's Promise Marketplace, a natural food section offered at many Martin's and Giant food stores that features organic, gluten-free and all-natural foods, as well as an expanded selection of natural and organic foods throughout the store, Brand said.
New public restrooms will be found near the front of the store and parking is to be reconfigured.
Because the project involved adding less than 2,500 square feet to the structure, Hagerstown City Planner Alex Rohrbaugh said the site plan did not require city planning commission approval.