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220 Water St, Dushore, PA

Original Grocery Tenant: Dushore Market Address: 220 Water St, Dushore, PA Opened:  unknown Closed:  2021 Later Tenants:  vacant Photographed:  August 17, 2022 The small town of Dushore, PA has a Hurley's IGA today, but not that long ago had a second store in town. The Dushore Market was here until 2021, changing ownership in 2019 and I'm not sure how long it was in business before that. A commenter on Flickr notes that the store was originally a furniture store. A sign celebrating Dushore's 150th anniversary in 2009 remains on the side of the building, a nice piece of town memorabilia. Inside, the store hasn't changed much since it was in business... We can get a really good look into the supermarket from the big windows in the front. Produce and maybe dairy was in the first aisle, meat and deli on the back wall, and frozen on the left side of the store. At around 5300 square feet, this store is about 3000 square feet smaller than Hurley's. We can see the insi

TOUR: Hurley's Fresh Market - Dushore, PA

Hurley's Fresh Market Owner: Robert Hurley Opened:  1982 Cooperative:  IGA Location:  121 W Main St, Dushore, PA Photographed:  August 17, 2022 We're here in Dushore, PA to check out the town's only supermarket, although in a town of 450, that might just be all you need. The store is around 8200 square feet, and was opened in 1982 as Hurley's IGA. Today, the store is one of two Hurley's Fresh Markets, with the other one in Towanda . We'll also be revisiting that store this time around! You enter in the front left corner of the store and walk across the front-end to the right side, where aisle 1 has produce and dairy. In the picture below, I'm facing up towards the front wall. Deli and meats are on the back wall with frozen foods on the far left side of the store. As you can see in the above picture, although the store is old, it's had some recent updates with new refrigerators and flooring. I think it's likely there was another supermarket here prio

22 Bridge St, Forksville, PA

Original Grocery Tenant: Forksville General Store Address: 22 Bridge St, Forksville, PA Opened:  unknown Closed:  unknown Later Tenants:  Big Mike's Steaks & Hoagies Photographed:  August 18, 2022 Today's post is not a very long or detailed one, but what's now Big Mike's Steaks & Hoagies was previously the Forksville General Store, and Big Mike's bought the place around 2005. Over time, it appears to have been slowly transitioning from general store to restaurant. The steaks in question, by the way, are cheese steaks. This is one of the only businesses in Forksville, a borough of just 110. It does have a post office , though. There are some historical relics left over from the general store, such as these door handles for Sunbeam Bread. Big Mike's is known for great and big subs (or hoagies, as I should call them). I had a hoagie at Big Mike's and it was fine, but not special. It sure was huge though. The general store, located just next to the Fo

TOUR: TJ's Market - Hughesville, PA

TJ's Market Owner: Tom Montgomery Opened:  before 2006 Cooperative:  none Location:  5464 US-15, Montgomery, PA Photographed:  August 19, 2022 Welcome to Hughesville! This small town of 2100 has a small supermarket just off the main street, but even while I was eating lunch just three blocks from this store I wasn't positive it existed. I had seen a picture of it somewhere, I think, but couldn't find it on a map -- in fact, there wasn't even a Google Maps listing until I made one for this store. I assumed the supermarket had gone out of business. I'm glad to say that isn't the case! This store is just about 18,000 square feet, some of which on the far right side is taken up by a pharmacy that appears to be an outside business. Produce is in the first aisle, with meats on the back wall, dairy/frozen on the left side of the store, and deli/bakery in the front left corner. The prescriptions counter is at the back of this section. I believe there is a dedicated entr

4 S Main St, Muncy, PA

Original Grocery Tenant: Orlie's Market & Deli Address: 4 S Main St, Muncy, PA Opened:  1962 Closed:  ca. 2014 Later Tenants:  vacant Photographed:  August 19, 2022 Orlie's Market & Deli in Muncy was a corner grocer in business going all the way back to 1962, but finally closed around 2014. Unfortunately, it looks like the 3500 square foot space has been vacant since then. It also looks like Orlie's was owned by the same folks as Orlando's, the Italian restaurant next door on South Main. Muncy doesn't have a grocery store downtown anymore, but there is a Weis about a mile and a half outside of town. There's also an independent supermarket about four miles northeast in the next town, where we're headed on Monday on The Independent Edition !

TOUR: Weis Markets - Montoursville, PA

Weis Markets Opened: 2011 Previous Tenants:  Scot's Lo-Cost (1990s-2011) Location:  801 N Loyalsock Ave, Montoursville, PA Photographed:  August 15, 2022 It's been a while since we've seen a very new and large Weis, or at least since we've toured one. So how about we take a look around Montoursville? It's not huge, at just under 50,000 square feet, but it's certainly spacious and big enough. And while it is nice and freshly renovated with the second-gen Fresh Market decor, it actually wasn't built with this decor -- or as a Weis at all. It was built as a Scot's Lo-Cost supermarket, owned by Weis, in the 1990s. In 2011, Weis switched the store over to their main banner and did what appears to be an extensive renovation on the store. In a pretty standard Weis Fresh Market layout, we enter to the grand aisle with produce on the left side, and prepared foods, deli, cheese, and bakery on the right side, with meat and seafood at the back. Meats extend down th