"They say all good things come to those who wait," says Chris Kinsley, vice president and general manager of Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville. "But seven years is a long time to wait."
That's how long the Kinsley family has been waiting to break ground for a proposed new store site.
On June 1 the Kinsleys took shovels in hand and turned over ground to signify that a dream is about to come true.
According to Chris Kinsley, a new 95,000 sq. foot store will open in the spring of 2012.
"We're very excited," says Kinsley.
Currently the Rt. 209 Kinsley's ShopRite is 53,000 sq. feet. The new store, licensed to sell beer, will be located on Weir Lake Road, between Rt. 209 and 115, a few hundred yards from the old store, will almost double in size.
"Each department will be twice its size," says Kinsley.
The staff will increase as well from about 220 employees to 370.
The store will feature a 100-seat cafe, a separate organic foods department, a special cheese department, ShopRite Farm Home, an in-house smoke house letting them smoke their own meats.
Also new will be the ability to shop-online. You will be able to place your grocery order online and for a $10 fee have it delivered to your car in the parking lot, no matter what size your order is.
"The new store is going to be a very 'green' store with LED lighting inside and in the parking lot. We'll also be using 'green' refrigerants in the cold cases," says Kinsley.
Kinsley's family-owned business began in 1950 when Clayton Kinsley opened a grocery in Scotrun. Clayton's son, Bob and his wife, Doris, opened Kinsleys Market in Tannersville. They opened their second store in Brodheadsville in 1987 with the Tannersville site eventually closing. A few years later, it became Kinsley's ShopRite Supermarket.
Along with the new grocery store, the site will also have seven new stores, unnamed at this time.
The Kinsley family legacy lives on as Bob remains president and CEO and owner with his wife Doris, secretary, his son Chris is vice president and general manager, their daughter Dee Dee Jacoby is treasurer and their two grandsons, Chris Kinsley, Jr. (JR)and Robbie Kinsley also work in the store.
All were on hand for the ground-breaking event.
"I can't wait until we start moving dirt," says Chris.