SANATOGA PA – Scott Landis and his fellow family members, who make up the management team for Landis Supermarkets Inc., were beaming with smiles Tuesday morning (March 1, 2016) at 9 a.m. as they officially opened the doors to their fifth and newest store, in the Sanatoga Village shopping center at 2190 E. High St.
Almost 12 hours later Landis, chairman of the company’s board of directors and its vice president of human resources, was visibly tired but obviously just as happy. “Been a busy day,” he said somewhat wearily, his necktie a little askew, as he personally bagged groceries at the checkout counters, shook customers’ hands, and thanked them for shopping.
Busy may not have been the most descriptive word; ‘overwhelming,’ might have been appropriate, another store employee indicated. “I wished I had a camera at about mid-morning just to take a picture of people crowded at the cash registers,” he said. “I never saw anything like that.”
By any account, the market’s grand opening was a success. Its parking lot was packed for much of the day. It readily sold out of some special goods brought in specifically for the event, even though buyers believed they had more than enough; substitute products were quickly offered, and snapped up too.
There were free samples throughout the store, and plenty of eager samplers. They sipped locally roasted blends of coffee, nibbled on squares of cake freshly turned out by the bakery, crunched on mixed nuts and fruits, and watched as talented culinary artists at the sushi counter fashioned raw fish, cooked rice and finely sliced vegetables into someone’s lunch or dinner.
The opening ceremony was scheduled to offer welcoming words from company and other representatives, Landis said, and while there was no ribbon-cutting the brief event did include an invocation.
Some Landis family members seemed surprised, and then heartened, by the greetings they received from several shoppers as they streamed through the store. “We’re glad you’re here,” one woman said to four on the management team as she came through the doors and headed toward the meat counter. “Really glad,” she repeated.
“We are, too,” came their response.