BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Niagara County Produce will have a new look at its location on Transit Road.
Either by the end of the year or early 2014, the popular produce market, grocery store and deli will be housed in a new, larger structure. The 86,000 square-foot facility will replace the current Niagara Produce store on Transit, located where Millersport Highway connects.
Richard Dorr, Owner of Niagara County Produce owner and Jody Chesko, company president broke ground Wednesday morning in a ceremony recognizing the start of the construction process. The new facility will be built just behind the current store.
The current store will remain open until the new Niagara Produce store holds it’s grand opening.
“There won’t be any interruption, one day you’ll be shopping in the old store, then the next you’ll be shopping in the new store,” Chesko said.
Once the new store is up and running, the old building will be demolished and turned into a parking lot. Chesko said the new store will feature a greater selection, ready-to-go-prepared meals, as well as a new exit onto Tonawanda Creek Road. The new exit will hopefully alleviate some traffic and make it easier for customers to come and go.
“It’ll be safer,” Chesko said.
Niagara County Produce has been operating in Clarence since 1961, when Dorr opened the current store just a year after buying a farmer’s market. In 1992 the first greenhouse was opened on location, quickly followed by a second in 1993 and a third five years later. In 1994, Dorr added a deli and fresh meats section to the store.
The company’s other location, Niagara Produce of Lockport, opened in back in 2008 on the corner of Washburn and Chestnut streets.
Chesko said customers have made suggestions of what else the new store should feature. Shoppers have dropped off their ideas in the company’s suggestion box.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.