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TOUR: Weis Markets - Hamburg, PA

Look, ma! A Lehigh Valley tour that was photographed on a different day! (Side note: I don't think my mother actually reads The Market Report. I think she gets enough from my incessant and overly detailed descriptions of every last grocery store I visit that she doesn't need to relive that over again. Contrary to what Market Report readers might think, not everyone is obsessed with supermarkets. How strange!)
Lots of exterior photos here because I was on foot. This store is located just east of the central downtown area of the small town of Hamburg. Originally a Kings (not Kings; I'm referring to a small PA chain acquired by Weis), this store even was still using King's carts at the time of my visit. Despite this, the store has been extensively remodeled inside with Weis's second-to-newest decor package. It's also been expanded into a few neighboring storefronts, giving it a slightly awkward L-shaped layout. You walk in to deli/prepared foods, with produce at the back of the first aisle. Meats continue along the back wall, with dairy and frozen at the far end. Bakery is in the front corner opposite the entrance, but the expansion with pharmacy and HABA actually extends beyond the front end to form the bottom part of the L.
It had just rained. So when I was leaving, I was lucky enough to catch the store with a rainbow in the background. Forget a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, how about a Weis Market?
Here we can see the store's monument sign, complete with a little hat. I'd assume that the facade originally matched this, with a similar look to A&P's 1970s mansard roof design.
One last look at the rainbow, plus a glimpse of the facade style I mentioned to the right.
The expansion is clearly visible from the outside...
The main supermarket is to the right.
As we'll see, the ceiling in the expansion is rather low, since there are managers' offices on the second floor. Let's grab a cart and head in...
First aisle with deli/hot foods on the right side wall.
The floral department is to the right of the entrance, in front of the deli department.
Here's a look at the entrance with a sale alcove to the right. The front end continues to the right of this shot.
You can see that the store is rather small in this shot. Let's head towards the back of the store...
A remarkably good picture of what I consider to be some of the most attractive supermarket decor among middle-market supermarkets. I think the colors are bold and attention-grabbing, and the text is very well-done. I also appreciate the added visual interest of the patterns along the background.
The facing aisle, as dictated by unwritten industry rule, is condiments. (See discussion here.)
Beautiful bold graphics in the produce department. Weis has retired this decor package, but I think it's actually better than the new decor. (Don't get me wrong, I think the new decor is cool too. It just doesn't have the same punch that this one does.)
Continuing along the back of the store, we see meats, then packaged deli and frozen seafood. There is no service seafood here.
Quick look at the aisles before we head towards the far side of the store...
Pretty decent international selection for a mainstream supermarket. It's not even worth comparing this store to a Food Bazaar or SuperFresh Food World, but they're better than ACME, for instance.
Now on to the last aisle where we see great decor go horribly wrong...
Not a bad start. Although there's no service seafood, it doesn't look like there ever was, so they didn't take out a feature the store had. But what happened to the dairy department?
Okay, I don't think this cow is part of the actual decor package. But more importantly, is there anywhere else they could have put it? Other than right in front of the milk sign?
Uh, yes. Like anywhere else along this entire wall, for instance. We don't get any decor until we get to the front of the aisle...oh no...
Perhaps an earthquake had just hit the dairy department of the Weis Markets in Hamburg. Actually, only the front half of the aisle. But otherwise I don't know that I can really explain this one. (I suppose it's possible the decor was on its way in? This theory is supported by the fact that it appears as though that blue panel is not quite wide enough to fit a full "dairy" sign, so maybe it was being installed. There were, however, no signs of a recent renovation in the rest of the store. I also cannot confirm whether this sign has been fixed, removed, or kept.)
Anyway...here's a look at the bakery in the front corner. Surprisingly full in-store bakery for a very small supermarket. Google Maps estimates the store is in the 25,000-30,000 square foot range.
That's right folks, you're looking at the five registers this store has! Here you can also see the pass-through to pharmacy and HABA past the front end. The bakery is just to the right out of frame here.
It's a pretty substantial expansion. It allows for the store to sell all of this HABA and general merchandise without taking up valuable real estate in the grocery aisles.
As I mentioned, the ceiling is low here due to offices on the second floor. Here we're looking back up towards the main store area.
Limited decor in this section again on account of the low ceilings.
Looking from the registers over to the pharmacy pass-through to bakery and then dairy on the far side. I loved this little Weis! It's got the personality and friendliness of a small town supermarket but the selection and prices of a chain store, plus I really like the decor. I started this post on a random side note and will end on one too: if you're ever in Hamburg, stop by Russo's Family Restaurant & Pizzeria at 2 S Fourth St. Great food!

Weis Markets

552 State St, Hamburg, PA
Open Daily 6AM-11PM
(610) 562-3828
Photographed June 2016

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  1. Yikes at the dairy décor! Other than that though, I agree, really nice store. I like this décor as well, although I've never been a big fan of how the first (italicized) letters of each word are in a different font. But I can get over that easily enough :P (And to respond to your side note: my mom doesn't read my blog, either. Strange indeed that not everyone is interested in this stuff! XD )

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    1. I know, right? One of my friends was complaining that he wasn't sure what to do in some spare time that he had, and didn't seem to love my suggestion of starting a supermarket blog. Oh well, less competition I guess.

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