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New grocery store should be opened by fall

| Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005

Martin's Food Market should be open at Five Corners by late fall.

The 45,000-square-foot grocery store will employ about 150 people. Interviews are currently being conducted.

Denny Hopkins, of Giant Food Stores, which owns Martin's, said the store will include many amenities, including a pharmacy, an in-store bakery, service fresh seafood and service fresh meat sections, flowers, and many organic produce selections. "We're very proud of our produce, its quality, variety and selection," Hopkins said.

Customers may sign up for a Martin's Bonus Card for bigger discounts and "Bonus Buys," in which the chain receives discounts from manufacturers and passes the temporary savings on to customers.

The store will also have a gas station. Hopkins said that there may be some promotional offers related to gasoline, but would not reveal details.

Giant currently operates 121 stores, mostly in the central part of the state; also in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. The company began in 1923.

The stores nearest Fayette County are in Altoona, DuBois and Indiana.

"We're anxious to open in Connellsville," Hopkins said. "It's part of our expansion into the western part of the state. Connellsville shows great potential."

Hopkins said that the Martin's Food Market is used in areas where Giant Eagle does business in order to avoid confusion. The two businesses are not related.

Martin's Food Market will be the centerpiece of the Widewaters Development Group's project at Route 119 and Route 201.

Other businesses will be housed in a strip mall at the site.

Neither Tony Gashie, Widewaters Development Group project manager, nor representatives at Widewaters' DeWitt, N.Y. headquarters, returned calls for comment.

Connellsville residents and commuters will not only appreciate a new place to shop, but will be grateful when lane restrictions have been lifted.

Route 119 southbound from Memorial Bridge to Route 201 has been restricted to one lane since June in order to widen the lanes for access to the development.

Liberty Hill, acting maintenance project engineer for PennDOT District 12, said that the project has encountered several delays, putting it almost a month behind.

Northbound lanes on Route 119 are also scheduled for widening. Northbound drivers from just beyond the Crawford Avenue intersection to just before Memorial Bridge will be restricted to a single lane. Hill said that northbound work should take about three weeks.

Jay Ofsanik, safety press officer for PennDOT urges patience.

He recommends that motorists do not merge as soon as they see the first sign. Merging too soon causes backups before and after single-lane restrictions, Ofsanik said.

He said that motorists should use as much of the available road as possible, take turns merging and use rear-view mirrors to be sure traffic is clear before merging.

Ofsanik also reminds motorists that state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights while driving through active work zones.

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