Sunbury, Pa.-based retailer Weis Markets celebrated the grand reopening of its West Hazleton, Pa., store on May 26, which had been closed since December 2021 due to a fire, the grocery retailer said in a statement.
Weis Markets, which recently said it plans to invest $150 million in growth in 2022, said the 65,000-square-foot store, located on Susquehanna Boulevard, has been restored and upgraded, with enhancements that include a drive-thru pharmacy, a market-style produce department and updated decor.
Other updates include checkout lanes that are now either self-checkout or dual use—meaning they can be staffed by cashiers during busy times and turned into self-checkout lanes during less busy times, Weis said, allowing all lanes to be available at all times.
“We’re delighted to announce that our West Hazleton store is open again, and we are back to serving a community in which we have strong roots,” Chairman and CEO Jonathan Weis said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of our team for completing this project in record time."
“This grand reopening would not have been possible without the efforts of the 24 fire and EMS departments, led by the West Hazleton Fire Department, who responded to the store fire in December 2021," Weis added.
To tackle food-at-home's 10.8% spike, Weis announced on May 19 that it is making a multimillion-dollar investment to reduce prices on hundreds of its best-selling frozen products as part of its Low, Low Price (LLP) program.
“We will offer customers in the markets we serve the lowest everyday prices on hundreds of our best-selling frozen items. Given recent increases in consumer costs, saving money is extremely important to our customers, and we are confident these reductions will generate significant savings for them,” said Bob Gleeson, Weis Markets’ SVP of merchandising and marketing, in a statement.
Gleeson added, “Since 2019, our LLP program has helped customers save approximately $10 million dollars. They’ll now save millions more in our frozen department.”