Elm South IGA is in transition, from a "nice little
store" to a nice Super Center, said store owner Bill Butler.
"People always come in here and say what a nice little
store we have and we appreciate that, but the days of the
small grocery store are limited. We can't compete with the
big stores if we don't have the products our customers want
to buy," he said.
So the store at 91st Street and South Elm is expanding:
by 13,450 square feet.
Butler said expansion will allow him to double his frozen
food section and the bakery-deli area.
He'll be able to enlarge his floral display area and the
video rental center.
The fresh produce area will nearly double in length. A seafood
counter and an old-fashioned butcher case will be added
to the meat department, he said.
Butler said he'll add two more checkout lanes and two express
lanes. And he will probably double the number of employees.
"People are really going to be surprised when they see
what we're going to do here," Butler said. "It's going
to change the whole look of the shopping center."
The IGA store is expanding to the east, into space formerly
used by other merchants.
Butler said the new Super Center should be completed by
the middle of September, just in time for the celebration
of the third anniversary of his purchase of the store.