Pechin continues to prosper
Last summer, customers watched as Pechin Shopping Village changed to its new location at Laurel Mall. This summer, the customers are still shopping.
"We've been busy, very busy," said Donnie D'Amico Jr., of Pechin Super Foods.
He said the success is because of loyal customers in the area "who moved with us."
For the customers, D'Amico said the store is continuing to offer products at a cheap price while being more diverse with the items it carries.
The announcement to move Pechin from its longtime home along Pechin Road in Dunbar Township happened at the end of May 2005, and the physical move of Pechin into the former Shop 'n Save at Laurel Mall along Route 119 happened at the beginning of July.
For the grand opening in July, stores that came along with the supermarket included the bakery, deli, pharmacy and beverage distributor.
In the past year, Pechin opened Sports Plus, which sells outdoor, hunting and fishing equipment.
While D'Amico said Sports Plus is stocked with only the best-selling items from the former Pechin Sports World and Golf Shop, he said if a customer wants an item, it can be ordered.
"We can special order anything," D'Amico said.
Also new this year is the greenhouse in the parking lot that becomes the Garden Center in the spring and the Farmers Market in the summer, which will open in about two weeks.
D'Amico said the Farmers Market will be open until Labor Day.
With the projects that have happened at Pechin Super Foods in the past year, it has put a delay on the restaurant, which D'Amico said should open by the end of the year.
D'Amico said the restaurant will be a sit-down eatery called Pechin Firehouse Cafe.
"My grandfather collected fire trucks," D'Amico said of the late Pechin founder, Sullivan "Sully" D'Amico.
The restaurant will have a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Once the restaurant is completed, D'Amico said they will have no more leased space to add additional stores or departments.
"As of right now, there will be nothing unless an opportunity presents itself," D'Amico said.