Supermarket renovations moved to January

By Brian Sweeney
The transformation of the Margaretville A&P into a Freshtown Supermarket has been pushed back to late January, the store owners announced last week. Daniel Katz, a partner in PSK Supermarkets which is planning the new store, said the work to convert the A&P into a Freshtown store is now scheduled to begin on January 22. This work was initially supposed to start this month.
“In order to create a smooth transition, we have agreed to a lease extension with A&P. This will hopefully ensure that the store closes for only a minimal period of time,” Mr. Katz told the News.
“We believe this will best serve everyone’s interest. In the interim, we will continue to work with the village and the town on the plans for the renovation of the store so that once we take possession, we can begin our work as soon as possible,” he added.
PSK Supermarkets purchased the plaza that houses the A&P and the neighboring CVS Pharmacy last year. The company, which is based in Mt. Vernon, currently has 14 stores that are operated either as Foodtown or Freshtown supermarkets.
At a public presentation in June at the Middletown Town Hall, partner Noah Katz outlined the changes that will take place at the plaza. The supermarket will be expanded to about 20,000 square feet, by moving into an adjacent space occupied by a Laundromat. Additional space will be achieved by utilizing an innovative method of stacking products higher on shelves.
Mr. Katz said his company plans to completely renovate the interior of the A&P, as well as the exterior of the mini-mall. The CVS Pharmacy will remain as a tenant, he said.