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Greensburg supermarket will sell beer

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 6:56 p.m.

Customers soon will be able to grab a six-pack along with their groceries in the Shop ‘n Save store on East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg.

Ray Charley, store president, said he decided to offer beer for sale after waiting more than three years to see what new legislation or changes the state might make in dispensing adult beverages in grocery stores.

The store has obtained a Liquor Control Board license and “we made a decision to move forward,” Charley said.

Contractors will construct a cafe where six packs and single beers will be sold, possibly by the end of the year. The cafe will also sell sandwiches and other food.

A separate entrance will lead from the parking lot to the cafe, which will be situated at the site of a former in-store bank, to the right of the current checkout area.

“Selling beer in supermarkets is the right thing for the consumers,” Charley said. “Our consumers should have as complete a shopping experience as they can have.”

He anticipated that other renovations at the East Pittsburgh store will be complete by mid-2014. He estimated the improvements will cost “well in the millions.”

“We're doing a complete renovation of the store from the floor and everything up to the ceiling,” Charley said.

Workers are replacing old cooling units with new, energy-efficient models. The deli and other sections of the grocery will be expanded, allowing for an increased selection.

“It's going to be a new store when we open,” Charley said.

The business is expected to remain open while the improvements are being made.

The owners started exterior renovations about three years ago, with the addition of a vestibule and other improvements.

The Charley family's North Main Street Shop ‘n Save in Greensburg underwent similar interior and exterior renovations about two years ago.

“We want to be a full, complete store, more appealing for the customers,” Charley said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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