WINCHESTER — Sobeys is getting close to relocating its Winchester operation up the road to its larger property near County Rd. 31.
The grocery chain’s current Winchester store at 512 Main Street is branded as Foodland, as is the new site at 12015 Main Street. The sign went up this week on the former Mike Dean’s building that Sobey’s bought from the Dean family last year.
The Dean family had earlier sold their Vankleek Hill store to Sobeys, which similarly rebranded that location as a Foodland outlet.
Following months of renovations, progress at the Winchester site has become more evident in recent weeks, including the repaving of the parking lot and previously pot-hole-filled entrance to the nearby Tim Horton’s. The store building itself has been remodelled with revamped exterior siding and colours.
Part of the building now features a separate entrance for an apparent second shop of some sort. Rumours abound on what that secondary retailer might be. Sobeys “cannot confirm any tenants” at the location, the corporation’s manager of communications, Vicki Leung, told Nation Valley News last month.
The project also involved moving two homes away from the store parking lot, allowing a clear view of the mall from Main Street.
During a recent visit by Nation Valley News, crews were busily setting up the large meat counter display area inside the new Winchester Foodland. The interior features all new shelving and appears quite different from its previous incarnation.
“We anticipate the store’s grand opening to be held in November 2016, pending construction delays, and are excited to bring a fresh, expanded grocery offering to the Township of North Dundas,” Leung said.
Leung also clarified that Sobeys Inc. does not own 512 Main Street, “so we don’t have details on their incoming tenants” after Foodland vacates the address.
Dan Pettigrew is the owner of Winchester Foodland, succeeding former owner Andy Hamel.