Weis Markets Coming to Huntingdon Valley Shopping Center

There will be an estimated $5-8 million in renovations at the former Pathmark location and will serve wine and beer by the glass in the food court.

Weis Markets will soon occupy the vacant property in the Marketplace at Huntingdon Valley that was formerly a .

New Century Associates, the property owner of the Marketplace at Huntingdon Valley, announced it has agreed to terms with Weis for a new supermarket with heavy renovations. The new supermarket will be extended from its current size of 52,000 square feet to 62,000 square feet.

"Total rehab of the store starting from interior demolition along with all of the renovations that they are putting in - we're talking about millions of dollars - $5-8 million worth of improvements," New Century Associations partner Stan Casacio said. "Weis wants to make this one of their flagship supermarkets in the area."

Part of the renovations includes a brand new food court that will serve hot food and lunches. According to Casacio, customers will be able to order a glass of wine or beer while eating there. In Pennsylvania it's legal for supermarkets to sell alcohol if it operates a cafe. As of Feb. 2012, Weis currently sells beer in 12 of its locations.

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

Casacio said February or March would be a "realistic expectation" for construction to be completed.

This will be the first Weis Markets in the local area. The cloest 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."

A&P - the owners of the former Pathmark - declared bankruptcy two years ago and the Pathmark in the HV Shopping Center was forced to close in February. There were other businesses interested in the vacant property, but Casacio wouldn't comment any further than saying .

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

"This idea came to the floor, and they are a very good, family-owned company," Casacio said. "As a family-owned business ourselves, we kind of relate to that ... It was always going to be a supermarket, all of the retailers in the shopping center are extremely excited about it."

B. Strong August 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
"come on kids. let's go to the supermarket and you can watch me and some other patrons down a beer or two before we leave. i'll just be a few minutes." sounds like a lovely midday adventure! I'll stear clear of this place. Thanks, Patch for the warning!
MPH August 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Srsly, "B. Strong"? Because Wegmans and Giant, who already do this, have turned into Coyote Ugly? Many many supermarkets are already on board for this, and nothing has made anything unseemly. Get out of the 1950s and join us.
MPH August 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
""It's an area that doesn't really have a market," Casacio said." So, either he's completely ignoring or completely ignorant of the Giant (WITH gas) that's about 3 minutes away on Second Street Pike? Not to mention that Acme just up Davisville Road at Street in Warminster?
MPH August 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
So, what's the target opening? You asked the guy, right? If not, that would be just awful journalism. Even if he was evasive as to a date, you would have noted that he did not provide a timeframe instead of us just wondering, right? But he probably at least told you 'in the fall' or 'before winter' or something when you asked him right? Because there's no way a journalist didn't ask the most important question.
LEE August 22, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm guessing that if he said February or March for construction completion, then the store will open shortly thereafter. And when he was talking about no other markets, he stated from their location almost back to WG. Giant is in the other direction. Great article! Nice to finally know what's going on with this location.
MPH August 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The Giant on 2nd Street Pike and the Acme at Davisville and Street are immensely closer to the Marketplace at Huntingdon Valley than the Giant in Willow Grove he is referencing. I don't understand what direction has to do with anything. People live in all directions from their location, not just towards WIllow Grove. It's a dumb statement on his part either way.
MPH August 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
And having opened or been involved in opening many businesses, construction finish and store open can be - and often are - vastly different. Construction ending does not mean merchandise stocking, staff hiring and training, and a million other things also end.
Λάρισα August 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Lol. I guess you steer clear of Wegman's too? That's a shame.. Wegman's is absolutely wonderful! Such delicacies there!
Mallison Schwartz August 22, 2012 at 06:37 PM
What state is Huntingdon Valley in ?
Gregory D'Elia August 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM
You don't drink beer in front of your kids? That's a thing now?
June Goodwin February 12, 2013 at 09:10 PM
They haven't even started construction on it. Drove past it last week. Updates?
M.l. Pandora August 09, 2013 at 11:20 AM
I know the licenses were up for Beer and Wine, but I haven't seen much progress. Anyone have an idea of what's going on with this? I keep hearing it's like Wegman's, and I've checked their site out, and it's actually pretty interesting.
Not1ofYouPeople October 15, 2013 at 04:13 PM
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ret/4126786365.html Still advertising for help!


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