Doylestown gets new supermarket

June 14, 2012 by  

When a local supermarket closes, life becomes more difficult for area residents. People may need to travel further to find the same deals or to purchase their standard pantry items.

Bad news soon turned to good, however. Weis Markets, which operates over 160 grocery stores in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, announced it would purchase three Genuardi’s stores that were being closed by parent company Safeway. Safeway is leaving the Pennsylvania market and has been closing Genuardi’s around the area.

One of them is located in Doylestown. The other two are in East Norriton and Conshohocken. The Doylestown Weis is scheduled to open bright and early this Saturday, June 16, at 6:00 am.

To ease the transition for some people, the new Weis pharmacy has been open since midday on June 11. The company decided to open the pharmacy early so that customers would not have to worry about interruptions in their prescriptions.

The new Weis markets have proven to be a boon for former Genuardi’s staff. Instead of being out of work, 218 former Genuardi’s employees have been hired to work at the new Weis stores. The new markets are also good news for others who have been looking for work, since the opening of the three stores has led to the addition of 150 positions. A larger staff at each store will mean more customer service and a better shopping experience overall.

It remains to be seen how great a celebration Saturday’s grand opening will be. Perhaps the store will invest in banner printing to advertise their new name and ownership.