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Landis Market Workers Ready Thriftway Shell

Contractors’ trucks and other vehicles filled parking spaces Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2015) outside the former Sanatoga Thriftway supermarket, while workers with ladders raised inside prepared the building for a new tenant.

SANATOGA PA – Landis Supermarket Inc., a family-owned, Telford PA-based grocery and retail goods business that operates stores in Telford, Perkasie, Schwenksville and Vernfield (outside Harleysville), has been confirmed by several sources as the new operator of the former Sanatoga Thriftway market at 2190 E. High St. in the Sanatoga Village shopping center.

An early 2016 opening is contemplated.

Contractors and other workers have been busy at the store in recent weeks. A first wave arrived earlier this month to empty its shelves of groceries and other items left behind by the former operators, the DeLorenzo family, when Thriftway closed during early August (2015). The second wave came in two weeks ago to begin preparing the building shell for its new occupants.

The company began in the late 1930s when Frank Landis and his wife Sadie opened a small market on Telford’s Main Street, according to its website. Now in its third generation of family operation Landis has steadily grown, store-by-store, branching out in a radius of about 10 miles. At 17 miles from Telford, the Sanatoga location nearly doubles the reach of its trading area.

Landis Market gets primarily upbeat reviews on consumer websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp. Mentioned most often by reviewers are the quality of its meats and baked goods, and its customer service. The company prides itself on, and regularly promotes, products offered exclusively though its stores. They include Mrs. Benner’s Baked Goods and Shinji’s Sushi. It also carries foods that cater to gluten-free, sugar-free, and natural and organic diets.

The chain also features a buffet of prepared hot and cold foods from which shoppers can choose to dine or take home. It is known as Sadie’s Buffet, in homage to the family founders. Additionally, a shoppers rewards club called Landis Go! provides discounts on a variety of products and services.

Landis’ arrival is sure to be welcomed by local shoppers like Marie Harnois, who said Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2015) she “can’t wait for it to open. It’s been a long time. We need a grocery store in the area.”

Property assessment appeal proceeding

In a separate but related event, the owner of the Sanatoga Thriftway property – Pottstown Village Holding LP and its managing partner, R.D. Sharma of Alpharetta GA – has filed a petition appealing the value placed on the parcel for tax purposes by the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals.

The appeal, filed Nov. 4 (2015) as Case No. 2015-29520, is in its early stages. Its outcome, whether by judicial decision or settlement, may take months to reach and could affect taxes collected on the property by the Pottsgrove School District and Lower Pottsgrove Township.

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