Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets is preparing the former Pathmark store in Hillsborough to re-open as the company's fourth New Jersey location sometime later this year.
"We have two locations scheduled to open in the first half of the year, and two later in the year," company spokesman Dennis Curtin said.
He couldn't confirm which group the Hillsborough store is in, but noted the company is planning a "multi-million dollar project" to "bring it up to our standards," and to have the decor and store layout match the company's trademark appearance.
Weis Markets operates 163 stores in five states, including 25 in Maryland, 11 in upstate New York and three currently open in New Jersey (Hackettstown, Newton and Franklin Borough in Sussex County). Curtin said the stores are full-service grocery stores, with a focus on freshness and quality in its produce, seafood and meat departments.
"We think we have exceptionally fresh departments," Curtin said.
Curtin added the store will offer prepared foods, as well.
"There are some customers who come in at the end of the day, who might not know what they are going to have for dinner," Curtin said. "Those people could end up at a restaurant, or they can take something home."
He said the company competes in many different markets, successfully going up against larger companies by focusing stores on their local markets.
"We know the difference, so we might have a product in a New Jersey store that we won't have in our Hazelton (Pa.) store," Curtin said.
The company is in its 100th year.