Berks supermarket project to bring 100 jobs

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ From left are: Ryan Inch and Tom Cook, with J.P. Mascaro; Anthony Gigliotti and Dane Walker with Boyers Market; Birdsboro Mayor Joe Peterson; Mike Zmitrovich; Marty Kendra, president of Birdsboro Pharmacy; Ken Templin, council president; Diane Hess, of Super Value; Tom Boyer, of Boyers Market; Frank Mastrangelo, of Super Value; and Jeanne Boyer-Porter and Jon Boyer, of Boyers Market.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ From left are: Ryan Inch and Tom Cook, with J.P. Mascaro; Anthony Gigliotti and Dane Walker with Boyers Market; Birdsboro Mayor Joe Peterson; Mike Zmitrovich; Marty Kendra, president of Birdsboro Pharmacy; Ken Templin, council president; Diane Hess, of Super Value; Tom Boyer, of Boyers Market; Frank Mastrangelo, of Super Value; and Jeanne Boyer-Porter and Jon Boyer, of Boyers Market.

A modern supermarket and fresh retail stores, plus about 100 jobs, are on the way to a borough in Berks County.

J.P. Mascaro & Sons in Audubon plans to open the Shops at St. Mark’s Square, which includes Boyer’s Supermarket in Birdsboro, by December, said Frank Sau, director of communications for J.P Mascaro & Sons, the construction company building the project. Officials attended a groundbreaking on Friday to mark the start of construction.

The 27,500-square-foot supermarket will anchor the shopping center, which includes an additional 10,000 square feet of retail space, Sau said.

“People are contacting us for that space,” Sau said. “Birdsboro is the type of town that people can easily to walk to. It’s in the center of town, very accessible.”

Once complete, Boyer’s Supermarket will bring about 85 new jobs for local residents; the retail component will bring the amount closer to 100, Sau said.

For the first time in years, Birdsboro will have its own supermarket.

J.P. Mascaro will build the project at West First and South Furnace streets on five acres of land that Mascaro bought from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

M.B. Investments, a J.P. Mascaro & Sons entity, is spearheading and developing the project.

Sau did not disclose a construction cost.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools.

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