Nearly a year after the borough’s only grocer shut its doors, Delmont could have a new grocery store.
Doug Hayes, a Washington Township-grocer, is in the final stages of negotiations to open a Foodland in the old Shop ’n Save building along Athena Drive as early as next month.
Hayes, whose family has operated a Foodland for more than 25 years, would lease the building for one year from the Spagnolo family, which owns the building.
Hayes is waiting for approval from Foodland before he sets an opening date, but he said he hopes to open the store in either January or February.
Delmont officials are ecstatic to see a grocer return to the tiny borough.
"It brings back that community connection," said Mayor Gill Sanchez. "Every time you would walk in, there was the community bulletin board in the front. That store was one of the hubs of the community."