Freshtown taking first steps to Margaretville store makeover

By Brian Sweeney
The first steps in the renovation at the new Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are underway. Although much of the work is not visible to the shopping public, PSK Supermarkets Vice President Noah Katz said last week that preliminary steps are being taken in the large-scale renovation.
Mr. Katz said a new electrical room has built on the roof repairs are also being undertaken over the existing store and above the adjacent former Laundromat .
Plumbing renovations are also set to begin in the laundry space which will be utilize for produce preparations and will also house rest room facilities.
The company is still reviewing final bids for the major renovation work, Mr. Katz explained.
He indicated that the replacement of refrigeration units in the store should begin within a few weeks. Mr. Katz said that work will be done at night to avoid disruption to customers.
Renovation plans call for the entire store to be refurbished — both inside and outside. He is not certain when the work will be completed, but Mr. Katz said that renovations on this scale typically take from 5-7 months.
“This is a total gut job. It is possible that we could run into things that could slow us down. We are not sure of the condition of the steel on the front of the building,” he explained.
Mr. Katz said the interior and exterior work will be undertaken simultaneously. Work to landscape a parking lot on the opposite side of Bridge Street will also be completed as part of the renovation project.
PSK Supermarkets, which operates 15 stores (under the Freshtown and Foodtown names) purchased plaza that houses the former A&P Supermarket and the CVS Pharmacy last year. The store was shut down for several weeks while basic operational changes and cleaning were undertaken. The store reopened in late January.
Mr. Katz said his company is pleased with the response to the store and is looking forward to completing the renovations.
“The store has been very well received by the community and we’re grateful for this support. I would like the community to know that we’re committed to Margaretville — for the very long-term future,” he added.