By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — A much-anticipated pharmacy will be part of the Danville Weis Markets’ 3,200-square-foot expansion.
“We are hoping the pharmacy can be open by June,” store manager Sheena Fiedler said Thursday. That will be the first part of the expansion to open because of the demand for it, she said.
Fiedler set up a display of the floor plan of the new store Thursday at the main entrance.
The pharmacy will be part of new and old sections of the store at 600 Continental Blvd. “It will be where aisles one and two were,” she said.
The new part will occupy the space vacated by Rite Aid Pharmacy when it closed. Included in the project will be a new front on the building and new deli, bakery and produce departments. The back of the building also will be expanded.
General contractor Zartman Construction began work in the Rite Aid section in December. The project is expected to take a year to 15 months to complete.
Contractors will be working around-the-clock. “They will try to do most of the work overnight,” she said.
“A construction crew is working now in the back room,” she said.
Besides a pharmacy, the expansion will bring more aisles and more registers, including one more self-checkout station.
Health and beauty products and baby items will expand from one and a half aisles to four aisles.
Plans do not call for the store to sell beer or wine, she said.
One of the new features will be a service case in the meat department displaying fresh-cut meats.
“The closest store that has this is the Lewisburg store,” she said.
“This will be one of the newest versions of Weis Markets’ look in decor and layout,” she said.
When asked if the expansion will result in additional jobs, she said, “Absolutely.” Officials still are working on the number to be added, said Fiedler, who has been manager since April.
The last time the store was expanded was about eight years ago.
This is the third remodeling Fiedler has experienced, having started working for Weis Markets 10 years ago when she was 16.
She was assistant manager at the Lewisburg store while it was being remodeled and worked in human resources when the Sunbury store on North Fourth Street was expanded.