Price Chopper expansion nears completion

Grocery store expansion nears completion

 

External signs the construction at the Price Chopper is nearing completion are actual signs that read ‘Prepared Foods,’ ‘Bakery’ and ‘Deli,’ among others.

Affixed to the front of the store early last week, the signs list some of the features of the new expansion.

Already completed is the relocation of the customer service area, which was moved to new construction at the front of the building, near the cash registers. The move made way for the entry into the newly expanded food court and fruit and produce section in the space formerly occupied by Rite Aid. 

Price Chopper also plans to add more registers at the front of the store and relocate all of the shelves throughout the entire store.

Store manager Greg Osinski said he appreciates the patience customers have already shown and said a few more weeks should see the changes finally come to an end.

“What we’re starting today is moving the grocery,” Osinski said. “The mass confusion starts today.”

New shelving will be brought in and all of the grocery items and shelves will be moved.

Shoppers should find a store map helpful in finding items that suddenly no longer where they used to be, he said.

He said the maps will be updated every week

The moving should take about five more weeks to be complete.

The addition of the space which had been the Rite Aid contain a food court, which will offer hot soup, chickens, a salad bar, pizza and sandwiches and “Meal Solutions,” a section of prepared foods, along with seating consisting of four tables with 16 seats and five booths.

The personnel for the food court have been trained and the area is expected to open Friday, Feb. 27.

The food court will also offer coffee, company officials said at the time of the announcement, as well as fresh made artisan bread from scratch and sliced to order.

The expansion adds almost 10,500 square feet to the store and includes the addition of a meat counter near the cases at the rear of the store as well as a change in many of the store’s cold cases and freezers.

The disruption at the store was kept to a minimum, he said, because the expansion project took place behind the wall and was largely completed by the time it was opened up to the rest of the store.

Osinski said the company hired about 16 people already to staff the new areas and when all of the changes are complete he expects the store to add about another dozen employees.

The Rotterdam-based grocery store chain announced plans to expand a number of stores in 2007, but declined to say at the time what, if anything, would happen to the Granville store.

The Granville store was among two other local Price Chopper stores, in Malta and Saratoga, announced as store expansions at a press conference by company president Neil Golub at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady Nov. 16, 2007.

In September of 2008 company officials announced the expansion project which is nearing completion.

The company currently has 116 stores and announced plans to rehabilitate or expand other stores across its territory.

The expansion projects at both Malta and Saratoga were already completed at the time of the Granville announcement.

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