Just in time for all your holiday food shopping needs, Weis Markets in Brodheadsville is now bigger and better, with a wider variety in almost everything.

"We've increased the variety in every department and improved our store's overall convenience," said Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets' director of public relations. "The result is a better overall shopping experience. In a competitive market, we do what we have to to provide our customers with the best products we can."

Construction and remodeling of the store began in February and this Sunday, Dec. 8, Weis will celebrate with a Grand Re-Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.

Added to the 67,000-square-foot store is a 35-seat cafe, located in the deli/food service area which opened in late summer, where beer is sold for take out and on premise consumption. It sells over 300 beers, including a wide selection of imported and locally sourced craft beers.

Besides a new exterior and new d├ęcor, the store boasts in-store sushi, made fresh daily. There is a new floral department that can accommodate weddings. An upgraded produce department features an expanded selection of organic and natural items plus a fresh Asian section.

For those who follow a gluten-free diet, the store now has an expanded section of gluten-free products.

Additional self-scan lanes have been added for check-out convenience.

Meat lovers will appreciate the expanded meat section with more varieties including natural and organic selections.

"Not many people know it, but Weis Markets produces its own milk and ice cream. I think our ice cream is the best tasting brand," says Mike Corrigan, the Brodheadsville store manager.

The store has hired 30 employees in addition to its original 160, to better serve the customers.

Weis Markets has been at its present location since 1996 and Curtin says the markets are upgraded every five years.

"This store now has everything we can offer at this time. We've taken a very good store and made it even better," says Curtin.

Store manager for the last three years, Corrigan hopes everyone comes out to see the improved remodeled store on Sunday.

""We're very excited about the Grand Re-Opening. There are going to be lots of sales, and special stations like fresh roasted chestnuts. The store will be making $1,500 in local donations, including $500 to the West End Vol. Fire Co. and $500 to Our Lady Queen of Peace's food pantry," says Corrigan.

He's really proud of the entrance's Christmas tree and the store's poinsettia tree display.

"We're looking forward to reinvesting in the community," says Corrigan.

Weis Markets, Inc., founded in 1912, is a Mid Atlantic food retailer, that operates 165 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.