JEFFERSON — Mild winter weather has allowed the Discount Drug Mart expansion to remain on schedule, said Marshall Smith, store manager.
Brick walls are up, a former doctor’s office demolished, expanded parking lot paved and the drive-through pharmacy lane has been moved to the north side of the building. Two grocery aisles will be gained when work is complete, as well as a full-service deli offering cold salads, lunch meat and pre-made subs, Smith said.
Work started in October with the demolition of a former doctor’s office on the southeast side of the property.
The 25,000-square-foot store has not and will not close during any part of the expansion; however, signs ask customers to “excuse our dust.”
“Construction should be complete in the late spring,” Smith said.
The 6,000-square-foot expansion will give the store a new look when the job is finished and there will be two pharmacy drive-thru lanes with the pharmacy located on the north side of the building, he said.
“It will be almost a brand new store,” Smith said. “The deli will probably increase produce sales. I’ve heard for a long time that people come to us solely for produce because our prices are so good and we have a good, quality selection.”
Pasquale Martuccio, Jefferson village administrator, said the business submitted all of its plans to the village in July and received approval.
Anytime a business expands it is positive for a community, Martuccio said.
Drug Mart is a busy store, where residents can shop for groceries, buy greeting cards, holiday items, pet supplies, jewelry, hardware and auto accessories and household items — all while having their prescriptions filled.
“Drug Mart has proven to be an asset to our town,” he said.
Discount Drug Mart is a Medina-based drug store chain that opened its first store in Elyria in 1969. Since that time, Drug Mart has opened stores in more than 20 Ohio counties and currently operates 76 stores.