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Weis Markets has opened two new grocery stores in Baltimore County, investing $14 million in supermarkets in Towson and Woodlawn that will employ 400 full- and part-time associates. The two new stores boost the company’s presence in the Baltimore area to 15 stores and more than 2,000 associates.
To mark the openings, Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis, which operates 165 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia, presented a $50,000 check to the Maryland Food Bank, along with donations to the Baltimore Humane Society, Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Co., the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Woodlawn Senior Center, Morning Star, Calvert Hall College, Loyola Blakefield and Woodlawn high schools.
“When a Weis Markets moves into a neighborhood, we commit ourselves to being a good corporate partner that will do our part to help support essential community and nonprofit organizations, while also providing a high-quality shopping experience with our customers’ best interests and needs in mind,” noted the company's EVP, Kurt Schertle, a Towson native.
Additionally, Weis offered a weekend of festivities, including associate pep rallies and the unveiling of a $430,000 donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Maryland Chapter, at the organization’s 20th Annual Dinner of Champions, which took place on Saturday, March 2. At the latter event, Weis president and CEO David J. Hepfinger received the 2013 Hope Award, the chapter’s highest honor, presented to an individual who exemplifies business, civic and philanthropic excellence.
The new 55,476-square-foot Towson store and the 58,027-square-foot Woodlawn store each feature more than 700 items in their produce departments. The stores also boast full-service deli and meat departments offering USDA-Choice beef and fresh sausage made on-site, a sushi bar, a full-service pharmacy, and a wide selection of ethnic foods.
Both stores also have such eco-friendly features as high-efficiency refrigeration and freezer cases with LED lighting and motion sensors, all of which will reduce refrigerant usage by 60 percent compared with conventional supermarkets. Additional green technology and equipment include solar/thermal-rated windows, LED lighting and skylights for natural lighting.