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March 1 Opening Day For Landis Market

The glossy postcard mailer with which Landis Market is announcing its grand opening March 1, and (inset at lower right) board members during Thursday’s Lower Pottsgrove commissioners’ meeting

SANATOGA PA – The economic impact of the news was big enough that the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners felt obliged to announce it at the tail end of their meeting Thursday night: the new Landis Supermarket, successor to Sanatoga Thriftway, will open March 1 (2016; Tuesday) at 9 a.m.

Well, commissioners conceded, it wasn’t exactly “new” news. Area residents have anticipated for months the store at 2190 E. High St. in the Sanatoga Village shopping center would open soon. Store management also has spent ample money promoting the fact, with glossy, full-color newspaper inserts, mailed postcards, and e-mailed invitations.

There’s no denying, Commissioner Ray Lopez said, the return of another food market convenient to township property owners certainly is getting people excited. Lopez, who handles business development matters on the board’s behalf, said he welcomed the company’s arrival. And local retirement community developer Wil Hallman, who was part of the board room audience, said residents at his Sanatoga Ridge and Buchert Ridge projects “couldn’t wait.”

For that matter, neither can the store’s employee team, according to company Vice President Scott Landis.

Landis has been personally involved in much of the formerly vacant store’s renovation, and spent a significant amount of time in Sanatoga as a result. “We are moving full speed ahead in preparation” for the opening date,” he happily reported Thursday morning, hours before the commissioners’ gathering. “We look forward to getting to know a new community, as well as to serve a new marketplace of customers.”

In an earlier interview, Landis acknowledged the store’s somewhat limited space would make it difficult to equip it exactly like other company locations. Departments that he said have made its markets most popular, however – baked goods made from scratch, a salad bar and made-to-order sandwiches, and a fresh and full service sushi counter – all are recreated in the newest addition. “We’re bringing what’s unique, and what we’re known for,” he explained.

The store will operate 7 days a week, Landis added.

The potential return of the contracted post office inside the market has not yet been confirmed. Local public demand for the postal unit generated interest at the Washington DC-based headquarters of the American Postal Workers Union, though.

One of its representatives called The Sanatoga Post during January, asking for more information about the earlier closing of the postal unit due to Thriftway’s bankruptcy. His questions ended when he learned the unit, if approved, would supplement and not replace existing post offices in Pottstown, Limerick and Gilbertsville.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 18 meeting):

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