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Snapshot: Weis Markets - Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster, PA

Weis Markets Opened: late 1970s Previous Tenants:  Food Fair > Pantry Pride Location:  1603 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA Photographed:  August 20, 2019 Our first Lancaster city store is this roughly 56,000 square foot store which originated as a much smaller Food Fair, which was converted to Pantry Pride in the 1970s before closing before the end of the decade. JoshAustin610 explains that there were several Pantry Prides in this part of PA sold to Weis at the time, and that this store has been expanded many times over the years by both Food Fair/Pantry Pride and Weis. When Weis moved in here in the 1970s, they were replacing an older store of theirs across the street, which appears to have been in this strip mall . Also nearby is this former ACME just around the corner, which when Acme Style visited a few years ago still had 1970s ACME decor on the walls (just painted over) in the Dollar General. Before we head into the downtown area of Lancaster, we're going to check out a f

TOUR: Wegmans - Downingtown, PA

Wegmans Food Markets Opened: unknown Previous Tenants:  unknown Location:  1056 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA Photographed:  August 20, 2019 Welcome to the Wegmans of Downingtown! The store appears to be around 115,000 square feet, and seems to be one of the older Wegmans in this part of Pennsylvania despite not being that old. It's in the Brandywine Square, a massive strip mall of nearly 600,000 square feet. Wegmans shares the mall with several other enormous tenants, including a BJ's at the western end of the strip mall. Downingtown is a fairly large town as it is a retail center, although its population is below 10,000. It's roughly halfway between Philadelphia and Lancaster, and in any other context I'd have a hard time justifying why it should be grouped with Lancaster stores except for the fact that I visited it on the same day as Lancaster, meaning we have more between here and Lancaster than between here and our next stops to the east. The layout is very sta

Coming Soon!

Welcome to the Lancaster, PA area! Coloquially referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch Country , the area's Amish population has made it well-known as a tourism and agricultural area. We're going to be taking a look at some of the supermarkets in this area, which are a fascinating variety. We're going to start in Downingtown to the southeast, which is roughly equidistant (30 miles or so) from the city centers of Philadelphia and Lancaster, a small to midsized city of about 60,000. Then we're headed northwest to Morgantown, through New Holland roughly halfway between Morgantown and Lancaster, and then into the city of Lancaster itself. From there, we'll be making a northward trek through Lititz, Akron, Ephrata, and then finally Denver. Denver brings us within about 10 miles of Reading, PA, which will be our next group. It's going to be a really interesting group here, with a sampling of Philadelphia suburb-style supermarkets in Downingtown, country supermarkets with a

It's The Market Report's Sixth Anniversary!

It's time to celebrate because it's The Market Report's sixth anniversary! It's been so much fun writing about grocery stores for the last six years, photographing them since May 2016 and writing about them since November 2016. I'm now over 3000 stores photographed, in 18 states (ME, VT, NH, NY, RI, MA, CT, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, NC, SC, FL, CO, CA, plus Washington DC and Nova Scotia and Quebec in Canada). Not bad! And we keep moving along here on the blog, hopefully getting to all 3000+ stores someday. Thank you all so much for staying with me, reading, commenting, and sending in your own pictures -- keep it coming! For now, don't forget to check out today's post here .

TOUR: Redner's Fresh Market - Audubon, PA

Redner's Fresh Market Opened:  2019 Previous Tenants:  Genuardi's (1992-2012) > Keller's Family Market (2016-2017) Location:  2850 Audubon Village Dr, Audubon, PA Photographed:  July 22, 2021 It's our last store in the 276 corridor group! And we're ending on a high note with this store. The 46,000 square foot space was constructed in 1992 by Genuardi's before closing with the chain in 2012. In 2016, a Philadelphia grocer called Keller's Family Market moved into the space, before closing almost immediately. (I suspect that the corner grocer was overwhelmed in this large space, and execution looked pretty weak with no renovation and huge sections of the store turned into weirdly massive seating areas .) In 2019, the established no-frills Pennsylvania supermarket chain Redner's Warehouse Markets announced they would be moving into the space, but as their new higher-end concept Redner's Fresh Market. Additional locations of Redner's Fresh Market