TRUMANSBURG -- Starting as early as this summer, construction could begin on a building expansion at the Trumansburg ShurSave on route 96.
Owner Bret Seafuse said the local grocery store, which celebrated its 30th year in Trumansburg last year, will expand south on the 18,000 square feet of parking lot space between the store and the former Palmer Pharmacy, which is also owned by the Seafuse family. The plan, he said, is to add another 13,000 square feet to the ShurSave and use the remaining 5,000 square feet as other retail space.
“Everything will get an 10- to 15-percent increase in space,” he said. “Layout won’t change, but we’ll have additional space for displays and more room to expand inventory. We’re also putting in another loading dock and more back room space.”
Expansion should improve mobility for customers in the store, he said, noting busy summer and holiday times that can make for many shopping-cart traffic jams. With an additional loading dock, together with extra backroom storage, Seafuse projects that he’ll be able to purchase more inventory at one time, which means less transportation costs on his end and, in turn, cheaper prices for customers.
Plans had been in the works for some time now but were delayed as ShurSave tried to work around the village of Trumansburg’s water issues.
Receiving water from the village of Trumansburg, ShurSave – located just outside village lines -- doesn’t receive enough capacity to support a sprinkler system in the proposed expansion, and installing a self-contained system would cost in the millions, he said.
The village is under a moratorium imposed by the Tompkins County Health Department that forbids Trumansburg from extending its water and sewer lines until a secondary water source is brought online
The state just recently approved a variance that would allow for the store expansion without a water sprinkler system, he said.
With final expansion plans coming before the Ulysses Town Planning Board this week, Seafuse said he hopes to begin construction sometime this summer with an anticipated grand opening in the new space sometime next year.
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