JEFFERSON — Come May, Sander’s Market will expand into the hardware business with the opening of a True Value Hardware store.
Sander’s Markets, a family-owned and operated grocery chain based in Pennsylvania, is at 344 S. Chestnut St. The Sander family bought the former Thorne’s Bi-Lo store in December 2017.
“We are excited to open a True Value store in Jefferson and serve the surrounding area,” said Ryan Sander, manager.
The alliance will allow the store to offer customers access to thousands of hardware items, along with its groceries, meats, full-service deli, bakery and a large selection of alcohol, including a beer cave.
“We want to give people another reason to shop here,’” he said. “We are not eliminating anything, only adding more products.”
Sander said there’s plenty of space in the store for the expansion.
“We have condensed the groceries and are making room for True Value on the north side of the building,” he said. “We have people here every day until 4 p.m. stocking the shelves.”
Even with the coronavirus pandemic, Sander hopes to officially open the hardware store by mid-May.
“Other than toilet paper and paper towels, our shelves are full,” he said.
Sander’s Markets, owned by brothers Mark and Jake Sander of Pennsylvania, operates two stores in Pennsylvania and one in New York.
“Being family-owned and operated, customer service is No. 1,” Sander said. “We want to stand out from the rest.”
Sander’s partnership with True Value comes at a time when Discount Drug Mart on South Chestnut Street is about to unveil a 6,000-square-feet addition, including two drive-through lanes with the pharmacy.
Drug Mart shoppers can pick up groceries, greeting cards, holiday items, pet supplies, hardware and auto accessories — all while having their prescriptions filled.
After Jefferson’s Golden Dawn store closed in February 2019, more people shopped at Drug Mart for their groceries. But Sander said competition had nothing to do with the partnership with True Value.
“It’s been a plan since the doors opened,” he said. “We just needed to get our feet on the ground.”