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The new Woods Supermarket is on track to open by late spring or early summer, said Vice President Craig Easter.



“It’s coming along,” he said.



Easter he said he expects the store in the shopping center in the 700 block of East Broadway Boulevard to open before July 4.



Woods Supermarket officials announced in August their plans to relocate from 100 E. Broadway Blvd., increasing their space from 28,000 to 38,000 square feet. The grocery will occupy the space of the former Price Chopper and Dollar General stores. Dollar General moved to the east end of the shopping center.



“I think with a bigger parking lot, bigger store building, we’ll be able to serve our customers better,” Easter said.



Workers removed everything from the building.



“We took the store back to the block walls. ... We’ve pretty much gutted the whole building,” Easter said.



The renovations are making room for all new equipment, including produce and meat coolers, deli cases and shelving. Workers also plan to install a new facade.



A pharmacy with a drive-up window; coffee shop with gourmet coffees and lattes; dine-in deli that seats 62; and expanded grocery sections are among the improvements at the new store.



Councilman Les Harrell, whose 3rd Ward includes portions of eastern Sedalia, said he likes that a larger, more modern store will be in the neighborhood.



“I’m glad to see a grocery store go into that building,” he said.



Harrell said he was disappointed to see the store move from South Ohio Avenue and East Broadway Boulevard because many customers walked there from around downtown. But, the new store should get a lot of foot traffic too.



Wiley Walter, who also represents the 3rd Ward, said he’s “tickled” the company chose to expand on the east side and hopes it leads to more growth.



“We’re proud to get anything in east Sedalia that we can get,” he said.



Easter said his company is working with the landlord on the details of a planned convenience store and gas station.



Owners of the shopping center, Warmack & Co., of Texarkana, Texas, are replacing parking lot lights and sign, Easter said.



“Once it’s all done, it will be a really nice center for Sedalia,” he said.  



The existing store will remain open until the new store is completed.



Woods employs about 75 people here and expects to hire 10 to 15 more to staff the new store.



Woods, based in Bolivar, operates eight supermarkets.


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