ACME Supermarket on Washington Avenue in Chestertown plans to expand on both sides into space currently leased by Parts Plus and Pip’s Liquors. The two retailers will be relocated in the shopping center.
“Anything that brings more business to the shopping center is good for everybody,” said Tom Pippin, who has owned and operated Pip’s Liquors at the Washington Avenue shopping center for 37 years.
A plan still in negotiations with the landlord, The Cordish Company, will relocate Pip’s to two store fronts immediately next to Roses–while Parts Plus will be relocated to two store fronts separated by other retailers.
The retail parts and supplies portion of Parts Plus will be relocated to the old Dollar Tree location, and the service garage will be moved to the north end of the same strip, near the new Dollar Tree location, which opened in the last few months.
The roof at the new garage location will need to be raised to make room for the car lifts, according to an employee of Parts Plus.
The Cordish Company has always been very accommodating, said Pippin. He said his store has been moved before at the shopping center. “They’ve always been very good to work with.”
The store manager at ACME was not allowed to comment on the expansion, which could take 12-18 months–depending on how fast Pip’s and Parts Plus can be settled into their new spaces.
ACME’s expansion plan comes 8 months after the chain said it may close its doors if a plastic bag ban went into effect on Jan. 19 of this year—forcing retailers to use more expensive paper bags.