Weis market opening today in N. Laurel

January 27, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A long-awaited supermarket in North Laurel opens today at U.S. 1 and Gorman Road.

The 53,088-square-foot Weis store will serve North Laurel and Savage residents who for years had petitioned for a supermarket. The store will include a delicatessen, a pizza kitchen, a bakery and a pharmacy.

The supermarket also will include a 400-item produce section with a fresh-cut fruit and salad bar, and an in-store bank branch.

"[Today] the Savage section of Laurel will finally get a store of its own," said Weis Markets President Norman S. Rich in a statement released by the Pennsylvania company. "Our new superstore represents the next generation of design for Weis Markets stores." The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. The ribbon, which consists of $250 in five-dollar bills, will be donated to the Savage Volunteer Fire Department.

As neighbors celebrate the opening of the Weis store, Savage residents were saddened to hear that Pops, a family-owned grocery less then a mile from Weis that has served the community since 1981, will close. Pops owner Jake Croston said a lack of business influenced his decision.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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