Store to open in spring

Published 10:24 am Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A bulk foods supply and grocery store being built at the southwest quadrant of Plank and Airport roads is slated to open this spring, the owner of the store confirmed.

Pineview Groceries, which was approved by the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors in August, is currently under construction, store owner Benjamin Lapp said Monday.

“It will probably be the middle of March,” Lapp said about the store opening.

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The store is being built on 25.38 acres of land, the conditional use permit for the store cited.

Lapp, who lives in Dillwyn, said in a July interview that he once lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which has a large Amish population. He said he’s familiar with the Amish lifestyle.

He said the grocery store will offer the Amish community nearby an opportunity to sell and purchase products needed.

“It’s just a need for the Amish to work their way into the community and to help them and help us at the same time,” Lapp said.

The store was originally called “Lapp Store” on the conditional use permit application, but Lapp said the name was finalized as “Pineview Groceries.”

“The name was just not set prior to construction,” Lapp said. “We just didn’t know what it was. We had to give it a name to put it on the permit, but we never knew the exact name.”

The store is slated to sell baked goods, meats and cheeses, candies, deli items and bulk foods, the store sign and an earlier Herald report cited.

“It’s going to be a nice place where people can get fresh foods,” Lapp said in the July interview. “It’s on the other side of the county, and we want to have good service and good prices.”

He said while a ribbon cutting or celebration isn’t confirmed, he said he will let community members know of the opening date.

“We’ll just probably put a sign up to let people know when we will open, closer to that time,” Lapp said.