(Sunbury, PA) – Weis Markets today gave local officials and business representatives a progress report on the construction of its new 62,000-square-foot replacement flagship superstore on a 40-acre site on PA Rt. 550/Zion Road in Spring Township near Bellefonte. At a groundbreaking for the project, Company officials said it had hired a local company, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College, to do the site work for the project. The site work project, which began in August, is expected to generate between 25-35 jobs over the next year. In addition, the construction phase of the project is expected to create between 250-300 jobs. Weis Markets’ replacement store is also expected to create an additional 50 full and part-time jobs for an overall total of 200 jobs. The site also has five out parcel lots for commercial development, which could generate an additional 150 to 200 jobs. “We are pleased to finally be starting our Bellefonte project and note that our project investment is already having a significant impact in the region,” said Weis Markets Vice Chairman Jonathan H. Weis. “Our new flagship superstore will be nearly twice the size of the store it replaces. It is also one of the largest self-developed projects we’ve ever done. In a year’s time, we are looking forward to opening a state-of-the-art superstore with our latest store design and expanded offerings that will meets the needs of the community for years to come.” The overall project cost is more than $20 million. This total includes more than $2 million for road improvements near the site including: a traffic signal and turning lanes off Exit 83 from Interstate 99, extensive repairs and improvements to PA Rt. 550/Zion Road, road widening and an improved storm water management system. Weis Markets’ new store will incorporate advanced refrigeration technologies to reduce refrigerant emissions by 60% compared to the typical supermarket. These systems decrease the store’s impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Weis Markets’ new store will have:

  • Larger perishable departments, including a produce department with a greater selection of organic produce
  • Service meat and seafood departments
  • Center store, dairy and frozen departments with a wider selection
  • More gourmet and ethnic products
  • A full service pharmacy
  • A fuel center