New grocery store expected to open this summer
MILFORD — Redner’s Market should open here sometime in late spring or early summer.
It’s too soon to give an exact date, according to Eric B. White, Redner’s Markets corporate spokesman, because the weather could potentially interfere with the construction that is well under way.
The 45,7000 square-foot store is situated along the southbound lane of U.S. 113 just south of the Del. 36 intersection.
“I am confident the store will open in 2012,” Mr. White said.
While construction continues, applications for about 150 full and part-time jobs are being accepted online.
“Potential associates can create a profile and select Milford as an area of employment,” Mr. White said.
About three months before the store opens, a local hiring center will open, and jobs will be advertised in newspapers, he added.
Mr. White describes Redner’s as “unique.”
“It’s employee-owned with a stock-option program,” he said.
Redner’s Warehouse Markets, founded in 1970 by Earl and the late Mary Redner, in Reading, Pa., has 40 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.
Today the company is run by Earl’s son, Richard, president and chief executive officer along with his grandchildren, Ryan S; chief operating officer and Gary M. Redner; executive vice president of procurement.
The closest store is north of Dover, but another store is on the drawing board for Camden at Del. 10 and U.S. 13.
The Dover store has been very well received.
“The first store in Delaware has shown double-digit growth. The response from the consumer has been great,” Mr. White said.
The store operates on a 24-hour a day schedule, with limited hours on Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.
The company is known for its pricing format and for the level of customer service, he said.
“No card is needed to take advantage of our prices. We purchase in bulk and buy direct from the source,” he said, noting that the store also offers local produce.
“All of our associates take pride in top-quality service,” he added.
“Lower Delaware has a lot of transplants who have moved from other areas. They are aware of our history. We cater to the customer. We have a clean, fresh store without added distractions. This is a new market for us, and we are happy to bring our business to better serve the customer.”
Mr. White said when Redner’s opens a new store, the formal opening is very public and informal.
The store will officially open at 8 a.m. on a Wednesday morning following a Tuesday public open house.
“Typically it’s a very nice event.”