ELY – The new and expanded Zup’s Market will open next Wednesday, Oct. 27, with what manager Jimmy Zupancich said will be a “soft, soft opening.” Late last week, as wholesale …
ELY – The new and expanded Zup’s Market will open next Wednesday, Oct. 27, with what manager Jimmy Zupancich said will be a “soft, soft opening.”
Late last week, as wholesale distributors and store employees rushed to fill the endless shelves of the new 35,000-square-foot facility with a plethora of groceries and dry goods, construction crews were putting in lights outside and hanging signage. The new sausage factory and smoke house, along with the expanded deli, was getting set up.
“We have to open, no matter what,” Zupancich said as he kept a brisk yet frantic pace in directing the setup from one end of the store to the other. “We may have a few empty shelves as we wait for more products to be delivered and stocked, but we are moving forward with this exciting new facility for Ely shoppers,” he told a visitor.
The former Zup’s store on top of the hill in Sheridan Street closed for good last Monday and employees and shoppers were moved temporarily down the street to the Northland Market. “We have to move equipment and inventory from Northland to the new facility, and I expect there will be some chaos as we get everything organized. I hope everyone can bear with us as we get this all nailed down and operating. We want to do it right. I think everyone will be really impressed,” he said.
He said the freezer space and dairy cases in the new store will be tripled in size, and “the deli is huge!” The opening of the adjacent Zup’s liquor store and Essentia Pharmacy facility may be delayed this fall but will open as soon as possible, according to Zupancich.
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