Back on track
Expansion delays over for P&C supermarket in Caz
By Willie Kiernan
The Cazenovia P&C expansion has hit a few snags, but it is back on track with a new face in town.
"I think they brought me here for a reason," said Kathy Conners, the new store manager.
Conners, who was transferred from Skaneateles has a background in construction and redesign as well as a wealth of experience in natural and organic foods.
"I'm a working manager," she said, packing bags for a customer.
The expansion, which began back in May, is full steam ahead now and will eventually add 8,000 square feet to the store to compliment the new manager and a new focus on health and freshness. Customers will start to see changes in phases beginning with Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Barring any unforeseen problems or natural disasters, the entire project should be complete by the end of January. During this time, as a service to the community and to reward its valued and loyal customers, P&C will remain open its usual hours.
"The huge challenge with this whole thing is we stay open," said Brian Kaler, director of construction and merchandising.
Big delays over the summer were due to unanticipated electrical needs and the coordination of different parties. With the addition of different d (c)cor, alternate lighting and added freezer space, the power service from the street would no longer do the job. With the changed requirements, an 800 amp service which attached to a pole was no longer adequate. They now required a 1,000 amp service which needed to be on the ground with a wall built around it. This had to be coordinated with the landlord and the power company was in no rush, so the project was delayed for more than a month.