East Norriton Genuardi's to Close June 9
No word yet on when new owners Weis Markets will be opening up.
Norristown Patch reported earlier this year on the sale of several area Genuardi's locations, including the one on West Germantown Pike in East Norriton. That location is slated to close this Saturday, June 9. New owners Weis Markets have yet to give an official word on an opening date, but sources say the new store is expected to open sometime by end of summer if all goes according to plan. The West Norriton Genuardi's location on West Main Street (not included in the Weis purchase) closed March 10 and remains vacant.
In the meantime, the East Norriton Genuardi's is clearing out its stock of Safeway brand products and all of its produce at prices slashed up to 30%. The rest of the store's stock of national brand products are being absorbed by Weis in the sale.
Store employees reported late Sunday night that stocks of the sale items are dwindling, but there are still deals to be had this week. Stop by and say goodbye to the old girl before she shutters her doors for good.
While we may be losing a piece of Norristown-area history (the Genuardi family started it's supermarket empire with it's first store in Norristown in 1954), we're gaining what some area residents consider a top-knotch grocery store. Just read some of the comments by our readers on the news of the sale:
"Weis markets are cool places to shop. They reach out to their customer base..." – andy
"I shop at Weis in lansdale and it's a terrific store. They had a major overhaul in the last few months and their selections are great. The people who work there are very nice and their bakery has some beautiful pastries and cakes. I am so glad they are taking over genuardis." – Meg C
"Our goal is to offer customers the best combination of value, quality and service, and while there are other local produce programs out there, when you read the fine print, you see that it comes from within a six-hour drive of the communities they serve," Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets' Director of Public Relations told The Times Herald. "We don’t play those kind of games. When we say we buy local we mean it. And that’s not just in produce. Our Weis Quality Milk virtually all comes from Pennsylvania dairies. Our eggs come from Lancaster County. We buy tremendous amounts of pork and ham from suppliers in Berks and Lancaster counties, which is one of the top agricultural production counties in the U.S."