The shelves of the new Lake George-Warrensburg Price Chopper supermarket were being stocked this week in preparation for its Grand Opening events this weekend. On Saturday March 17, a Preview Party complete with store tours is to be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a ribbon cutting is set for 8 a.m. Sunday morning March 18. The public is invited to both events. The supermarket, believed to be the largest retail development ever in northern Warren County is predicted to have a substantial impact on the regional economy.
The new Price Chopper supermarket just south of Warrensburg — the largest retail store in northern Warren County — will be opening to the public this weekend with considerable fanfare.
Two public events are slated to herald the store’s debut.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new store set for 8 a.m. Sunday May 18 is expected to draw a considerable crowd to launch the long-awaited supermarket. The store will be open for business directly after the ceremony.
A Preview Party fundraising reception is to be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday May 17, featuring tours of the store and samplings of various foods. A donation of $5 per person is requested, and all proceeds go towards three local non-profit entities: North Country Ministry, the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. and the Warrensburg Youth Sports program. Price Chopper will be matching all the collected donations, dollar for dollar, and the shopping plaza’s developer, Vanguard-Fine Corp., will be doing so also, but up to a $2,500 limit. During the preview party, the store will not be open for general shopping.
The new Price Chopper store will feature a variety of specialty departments and has created 25 full-time and 98 part-time jobs, company executives said. The supermarket will be staying open 24 hours/seven days per week during the summer.
The store is to host a full-service deli, a bakery with artisan breads and pastries, a coffee shop, a hot pizza/rotisserie chicken counter, full-service meat, fresh seafood and produce departments and a floral shop. The store’s manager is Bryan L. Lalone, an upcounty resident.
The new store and its host shopping plaza are located off Rte. 9 at Prosser Road, near I-87 Northway Exit 23. The complex is up a hill and across Rte. 9 from Warrensburg McDonald’s restaurant.
Price Chopper CEO Jerry Golub is expected to attend the ribbon-cutting, along with Neil Golub, Chairman of the Board of the firm.
“We are so pleased to offer a brand-new, state-of-the-art supermarket here in the Lake George-Warrensburg area,” Jerry Golub said. “As a homegrown business, we are proud of our small town roots — and we appreciate the opportunity to become a valued neighbor by helping to nourish the community around us, both literally and figuratively.”
The new plaza includes a 2,200-square-feet freestanding building that houses a TrustCo Bank branch. The supermarket, at 30,500 square feet, is to be about half the size of the anchor Price Chopper store on Glen St. in Glens Falls. Golub has said that the inventory of the new will be downsized from the scale of the Glen St. store.
The Grand Opening celebration is to feature the Warrensburg High School Band playing the National Anthem as local American Legion members conduct a flag-raising.
The Saturday evening reception features samplings of hot and cold foods through the store, as well as an opportunity to win a $250 Price Chopper gift card. Donations are not expected from children 12 and under.
Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, who also serves as Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman, said he was pleased that the Price Chopper store was providing more than 100 jobs, with many of the positions filled by local residents.
“This number of new jobs is substantial,” he said. “Any time we can create jobs for people in our region, it’s good.
Geraghty noted that Price Chopper and the new plaza will be contributing a great deal towards local school taxes — after a development incentive expires — reducing the tax burden on local families.
“Price Chopper’s arrival here is good for the neighborhood,” he added, noting that he hopes that Price Chopper’s arrival creates healthy competition with existing food purveyors rather than driving them out of town.
Lake George Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson and various area economic development officials have heralded the arrival of the store and plaza, predicting they will have a substantial impact on the economy in the southern Adirondacks.