Youngwood gets 1st full-size grocery in nearly 20 years |

Youngwood gets 1st full-size grocery in nearly 20 years

The opening of Youngwood’s Shop ‘n Save — the first full-sized grocery in the borough in nearly 20 years — will occur next month.

“We’re planning on opening on Dec. 11,” said Jamie Fincke, vice president for Jamieson Family Markets. “We’ll have all the bells and whistles that Shop ‘n Save has and sale items.”

Jamieson Family Markets owns the store and 70,000-square-foot plaza in which the grocery is situated along South Third Street.

Beer Warehouse, also scheduled to open Dec. 11, an auto parts store and several smaller retailers are in the plaza.

Employees began work this week on the grocery interior.

“We’re stocking shelves this week … and getting ready for the perishables,” Fincke said.

“It’s going very well. We’re very fortunate everything’s going as well as it has,” he added.

The spot was ideal for a grocery since no full-size market is immediately nearby, Fincke said.

Tom and Deb Jamieson, store owners, once lived in the nearby Fort Allen section of Hempfield.

“(The site) became available to us, and the owners used to live in that area, so they’re familiar with the neighborhoods,” Fincke said. “And it’s a good site.”

He anticipated the store would employ 75 people. The company has been hiring workers over the last few weeks.

Youngwood has been without a full-size supermarket since 1995, when Young’s Red and White closed, although the Youngwood Corner Store, which opened last year to fill the void, sells a wide variety of grocery items.

Before that opening, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had labeled the borough a “food desert.” The terms refers to areas where low incomes and a lack of nearby grocery stores make its difficult for people to find healthy food.

Jamieson Family Markets own about 20 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Jamieson Family Markets was founded in 1989 after the Jamiesons acquired a store in Fairmont, W.Va., according to the company’s website.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or [email protected].

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