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New Supermarket Gets Liquor License to Serve Wine and Beer

Weis Market in the Marketplace at Huntingdon Valley recently had its liquor license approved and now customers will be able to drink wine and beer in the store.

In August, New Century Associates announced that Weis Market would replace the vacant space that used to be a Pathmark in the Marketplace at Huntingdon Valley.

The property owners are prepared to invest $5-8 million in improvements for the supermarket, and increase the space from 52,000 square feet to 62,000 feet. But one aspect of the new store that will set it apart from others is the ability to purchase alcohol.

The Upper Moreland Board of Commissioners approved the liquor license for Weis Market and customers will now be able to purchase and be served alcohol in Huntingdon Valley. Commissioners Joseph Lavalle and Kevin Spearing voted against it.

Part of the renovations will include a café for hot food and lunches. According to New Century Associates partner Stan Casacio, customers will be able to consume alcohol by the glass while in the 32-seat café.

Customers will be held to a two-drink maximum while in the store and people will be able to carry out up to 192 fluid ounces, or the equivalent to two six-packs.

"It's becoming a trend in supermarkets now," Casacio said.

Casacio said they wanted a Weis Market in this location because there are no other markets like it in the area. The closest Weis stores are located in Conshocken, Norristown, Lansdale and Doylestown.

"It's an area that doesn't really have a market," Casacio said. "From our location, almost back to Willow Grove, there are almost no supermarkets in the area."

The store is expected to open sometime during the summer into the fall.

Before Pathmark, this location was occupied by Superfresh when the shopping center opened in 1992.

Dianne Taylor March 06, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I muss a grocery store at this location. Looking forward to it opening.
Dan Gysi March 06, 2013 at 01:05 PM
We have enough drunks on the road. Why a two drink minimum.....did you mean maximum? The only place a drunk should be is home without access to a vehicle. Only one commissioner had the right idea and I commend him for not being persuaded.
Marge Tillman March 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Nothing like grocery shopping drunk. Should be interesting. Can you just see liquored up people riding around on the electric carts, taking out displays, running over peopple. Oh yeah, good times! Can't wait to tackle that parking lot too. Drunk people leaving the grocery store to drive on Davisville or County Line. Yes, fun times....
Dan Gysi March 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Finally somebody that agrees with me. This is not a good idea people. Call your commissioners tell them you want a revote....Better yet how about public ballet.
Cinderabi March 06, 2013 at 04:40 PM
About time PA began to catch up with the rest of the country. Since moving back here 12 years ago from Seattle WA my beer consumption has hit an all-time low! Why? Because I am spoiled! For 40 years I was able to pick up one small bottle of imported beer to drink with dinner at the same time and in the same location as the store I was shopping for food in. I come back here, and until Wegman's (God Bless Them) came up with this idea of having a separate but conveniently located area in which one could purchase one bottle, a six pack or even a hulking case of the stuff in an environment free from loud music, conversation and TV sports broadcasts, cigarette smoke and the nausious odor of stale beer drippings on a hardwood floor, I opted not to purchase it for home consuption any more. Sorry folks, I would rather do without than have to buy a six-pack of beer in a stinky barroom or be forced to buy way more than I actually want or need or can store or carry or afford from a "beer distributor". Thanks but no thanks! So this nice little loophole through an antiquated and rediculous state law that allows the supermarkets to offer the convenience of one-stop shopping along with the option to buy as little of the stuff as you really want in the moment in a nice clean, well-lit and non-odorous environment is something that should have happened 30 years ago. Nice to see PA sidling up to the 21st century, even if it is only by taking baby steps in the right direction.
Cinderabi March 06, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Being able to purchase alcohol while you are shopping for food is just a convenience. Don't go getting your panties in a wad over it. There are more drunks on the road than you will ever find grocery shopping. Have you ever lived anywhere but here? Didn't think so.
Dan Gysi March 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I am not opposed to supermarkets selling alcohol. My concern is with the allowance for consumption at the supermarket. The writer says there is a two drink minimum. He has yet to add clarification. Do you really want to dodge drunks on your way to the supermarket? Most people know where the bars are to avoid the drunks. My question is do we need to have consumption of alcohol at a supermarket? A supermarket is not a place to drink. Look at your wife and kids and try telling them you wanna go get a drink at the supermarket and you will drive them home when mommy is done shopping. Consumption must be limited to protect the public. Remember the drunk never dies in the auto accident. It is always the innocent that gets hurt. I guess every cashier will need to be over 21 too
Cinderabi March 06, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Hey Dan, it's still a free country last I heard, so go shop somewhere else! I never saw anyone drunk and disprderly in any of the supermarkets I frequented in Spokane, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago.... It's when you are forced to buy the stuff in a stinky bar room that you encounter loud obnoxious drunks. Oh, and if you are this paranoid about people drinking on the premesis you best stay out of The Outback, Red Lobster, Fridays, Ruby Tuesdays... in fact, why don't you just stay home and have your groceries delivered? It's always the naysayers who want to impede progress and make life more difficult for the rest of us!
Dan Gysi March 06, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Drinking at a supermarket is not a necessity in life. By the way I do avoid those places and do you give up the keys after one drink? You would fail the breath test and if you had a cdl like me you would lose your license for life.. Yes you are one I would avoid if you think drinking and driving hurts no one
Cinderabi March 06, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Actually, my beef isn't about drinking in a supermarket cafe, which I rarely if ever do because when I go to market, I am there to purchase goods to take home, not to hang out. Now I can see a gang of folks going into a supermarket restaurant cafe for a beer or a glass of wine and a sandwich or salad while they are shopping because it would tend to make a social situation out of a mundane chore, but as for me... I just want the convenience of buying a bottle of beer (1, not 6 and certainly not 24 or more!) to take home w/ my groceries & have with my dinner. If I am forced to make another stop on the way home to get it, I pretty much lose my appetite for it & do without. I am a creature of convenience & that is pretty much my story. The markets I shopped in when I lived out west sold beer & wine to go, but they did not offer a cafe in which to imbibe while picking out the week's groceries. That is something that is only being done here, & the reason for it is the PA lawmakers do not see privitizing alcohol sales to be as good for their coffers as making it a government owned commodity. Its always about the money with those guys. And you need not worry about running into me on the road because when on occasion I do go out to lunch or dinner & a drink w/friends I do not overindulge & I never drink enough to get drunk (It's too dam expensive for one thing!). A glass of wine or an icy cold beer is just a nice accompaniment to the meal for me, nothing more, nothing less.
Rob Chakler (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Weis will have a 2-drink maximum. Customers will not be able to consume more than 2 drinks while on the premises.
Amanda Joseph March 07, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Spoken like a true alcoholic. Need to get liquored up before you grocery shop. Very sad.... Go to AA; they can help you.
Amanda Joseph March 07, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Another alcoholic. So sad. Can't go grocery shopping without having liquor. Pathetic. Nothing like standing in line behind a drunk- swaying behind their cart. I'm sure the checkout people are going to enjoy dealing with the likes of you also. Drunk people get mean, have no patience, are loud and obnoxious (as shown by your nasty comment), " why don't you just stay home and have your groceries delivered". Nice. Bet you had a few before you posted that. Go to AA, there is help for you.
Cinderabi March 07, 2013 at 01:06 PM
You obviously cannot read because there is nothing in my comment to indicate that I would be drinking while shopping. Here, sweetie, let me spell it out for you, ok? I W-A-N-T T-H-E C-O-N-N-E-N-I-E-N-C-E O-F 1-S-T-O-P S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G S-O T-H-A-T I D-O N-O-T H-A-V-E T-O G-O I-N-T-O A S-T-I-N-K-Y N-O-I-S-Y B-A-R I-N O-R-D-E-R T-O B-U-Y T-A-K-E O-U-T B-E-E-R T-O C-O-N-S-U-M-E A-T H-O-M-E! CAN I MAKE THIS ANY CLEARER? YOU PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER LIVED ANYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE ABOUT WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!
Cinderabi March 07, 2013 at 01:16 PM
You people are so dense! You cannot even read a comment correctly! I am talking about a convenient way to purchase the stuff for home consumption not drinking it on site. Perhaps if you had ever lived anywhere tat was farther than 10 miles away from your place of birth you would have a clue about what is going on in the rest of the country. It's takeout I'm talking about. T-A-K-E O-U-T WITH THE CONVENIENCE OF 1-STOP SHOPPING INSTEAD OF BEING FORCED TO GO INTO A STINKY NOISY BAR OR BEINGHAVING TO BUY THE STUFF IN UNWANTED QUANTITY FROM A DISTRIBUTOR! I am far from being an alcoholic. If you took the time to actually read my comments you would see that I WOULD RATHER DO WITHOUT THE STUFF THAN BE INCONVENIENCED IN HOW I PURCHASED IT TO TAKE HOME WITH ME! Shame on you for your mean-spirited ignorance!
neighbor March 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
running over my 2 and 4 year old - no way will I shop there now!
neighbor March 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
cinderabi - selling alcohol to be drunk at the supermarket is progress? how about getting the homeless off the street, how about the national debt, how about medical treatment for those who can't afford it, how about a CURE FOR CANCER? THAT would be PROGRESS!
neighbor March 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
cinderabi - selling alcohol to be drunk at the supermarket is progress? how about getting the homeless off the street, how about the national debt, how about medical treatment for those who can't afford it, how about a CURE FOR CANCER? THAT would be PROGRESS! AND by the way Cinderabi - no one is talking about buying alcohol and drinking it at home - the objection is to the Weiss plan of being able to drink in the supermarket!
Cinderabi March 08, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Do you know why the supermarkets have to provide a cafe for consumption of food and alcoholic beverages within their square footage in order to also allow folks like me the choice of purchasing a small amount of alcohol, perhaps one little unopened bottle of imported wheat beer, to take home and have with dinner? It is the only recourse they have because the greedy PA bureaucrats are not willing to privatize the sale of beer and wine to grocery stores! And why is that? Because they would make less money if they did, even if it makes purchasing the stuff for home consumption a nasty bit of work for someone who can't stand noisy stinky barrooms or doesn't want to buy an entire case of the stuff at one time! Talk about promoting drunkenness... buying from a beer distributer is the worst thing you can do because you have to buy it in bulk, and that means you have way more of it at home than you need, especially if you just want to consume one bottle with a meal every once in a while! If you don't approve of having cafes in your markets then don't vote for the people who hang on to these unfair and antiquated laws that deny supermarkets the right to simply sell beer and wine along with their other merchandise, like they do in just about every other state in this country but this one. As for all the other problems you list, I don't see what they have to do with this subject, so I don't care to banter them around w/you at this time.
Cinderabi March 08, 2013 at 07:40 PM
If you are afraid of someone harming your children b y running them down with their car (or is it a shopping cart you refer to here?) why don't you just stay at home with them and order your groceries online? That's one choice. But seriously, you do make a valid point. Not every supermarket will provide these cafes, so it only makes sense that those opposed (or scared) of these cafes should frequent stores that do not provide them. And those of us who want to purchase a small quantity of beer to take home with the groceries, can shop in the stores that can sell it in this state simply because they DO provide these cafes. That's what being in a free country affords us... CHOICE! Personally, I am willing to take my chances in the parking lots of these supermarkets, just like I do when I frequent restaurants like the Outback, Ruby Tuesdays, Fridays, Red Lobster, etc. Lotsa suds consumed there, I hear!
neighbor March 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM
supermarkets don't HAVE to do anything....
neighbor March 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM
purchasing and taking home I have NO problem!
neighbor March 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I expect sober people to slam others in a parking lot
Cinderabi March 10, 2013 at 01:35 PM
whatever. This whole thing is getting boring and tedious. Go read another article.
Cinderabi March 10, 2013 at 01:38 PM
If they want to be able to offer a section of their space to carry out for beer and wine in this state they must also offer a cafe. You don't get it... the laws here PROHIBIT THEM FROM PRIVITIZING THE SALE OF TAKE-OUT ALCOHOL AND THEY ARE FORCED TO ACT LIKE A CAFE IN ORDER TO SELL IT! YOU WANT IT OTHEWISE THEN VOTE AGAINST THESE ANTIQUATED LAWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
itsmeagain March 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Someone has a caps lock problem. Drunk people usually forget to turn it off. It's ok, go have another. This drunken fool's retort to people is either, "just stay home", or "this is a free country". So it being a free country us sober, respectable people have to put up with drunken idiots. Yay... And if I get why they have to serve liquor; in order for them to sell a 6 pack they have to also make drinks available? What kind of assinine law is that (if that's even true)? So someone can avoid having to go to the beer distributor the rest of us have to put up with drunk people in the grocery stores and driving in the parking lot. Nice...
Cinderabi March 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM
I am really sick of these meanspirited negative and totally ignorant coments you fools are lobbing at me just because I want to be able to do one-stop shopping for take home beer without being forced to shop in places I find disgusting, like noisy bars and smelly beer distribution warehouses. You call me a drunk when you have abdsolutely no proof to point your finger at me other than your inept inability to actually read what I have written. I have had it with your tiny little minds! You are the reason I left this backwoods state and moved west in the first place! I am not an alcoholic or a drunk. There is a half bottle of wine in my refrigerator that has been there since Thanksgiving and no beer or spirits anywhere in my house. I never go to loud smelly taverns and perhaps have one lousy overpriced glass of wine with dinner if I am in a restaurant with friends who also like a little spirits with their meal. You people are so small minded I am surprised you even have heads on your shoulders, unless it's because you need an exttra air bag to protect you from imaginary drunken drivers in the parking lots of your grocery stores. Go read something else and leave me alone! I am tired of answering your dumb negative and slanderous comments about somehing and someone you know nothing about, and never will!
Elise March 11, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Seriously? A huge ordeal because they are offering you a cafe that also serves wine? Worrying about your 2-4yr old being rundown my a drunk shopper? IM pretty sure anyone who Will purchase a glass or 2, will have shopped first or just stopped in for a bite to eat and a glass of wine. I'm also betting the afternoon tables will be full of moms! Lol. Point is I see kids in restaurants where alcohol is served, parents drinking, driving home w kids etc. GROW UP no one HAS to drink,,btw whether they offer it or not, whose to stop someone from food shopping after hitting the bar hard? I think a few of you need a reality check,,,and honestly your 2&4 yr old don't need to be running all over getting in harms way to begin with!! (Yes I've raised kids,,safely and w respect of others). GREAT JOB WEIS MARKETS!!
Linda Schneider-Kaiser March 28, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Children are not permitted in bars for a reason....why should they walk around a supermarket getting the wrong impression that drinking is ok!!!

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