The 38-year-old Klein's ShopRite supermarket in Forest Hill will be getting a $9.5 million makeover, as the Harford County-based company continues to solidify its local presence and compete with new and emerging grocery stores, its president says.
The store on Route 24 will be renovated to make it "more operationally efficient," Klein's ShopRite President Andrew Klein said Thursday.
Changes will include a cheese department, a meat smoker, energy-efficient doors in the produce department and space to offer more gluten-free and organic items, he said. The Forest Hill store was the first one built by the Klein family in Harford County, where it operates six stores under the ShopRite name.
The facade will also be renovated, "but what we are actually going to do is make the store a little more efficient by reclaiming a lot of space that we did not have for sales area" and convert it for preparation areas, he explained.
The store will flip the dairy and bakery departments, moving bakery to the left side when customers enter and dairy to the right, and adding a cheese department on the left side with gourmet cheese, as well as a smoker for items like brisket and pork, he said.
More aisles will be provided for frozen items, meat and seafood, which "customers really like," Klein said. More checkout aisles will also be provided, including aisles for EBT/debit card holders.