Site plan for reconstruction of Sayers Foods grocery store in Apsley approved
APSLEY – A site plan for the reconstruction of the Sayers Foods grocery store on Burleigh Street in Apsley, approved by the Township of North Kawartha on August 10, promises less truck congestion, greater visibility of traffic and more retail space – while keeping the building at its old size.
There will also be an outdoor seating / patio area for guests and a small garden center and the new building will provide a second floor mezzanine with offices and lounge for employees, as well as two upper level open decks to provide a outdoor lounge space for employees, according to the site plan accepted by the municipality.
Sayers Foods, the township’s only grocery store, burned to the ground last December, resulting in long trips to the nearest grocery stores in Bancroft, Coe Hill, Buckhorn and Lakefield.
Jeff Sayers, store manager and son of Brian and Diane Sayers who bought the building in 1976, could not be reached for comment, but in an August 12 Facebook post in which he and North Kawartha Mayor Carolyn Amyotte, shared a conversation, he said the construction completion date is not known as it depends on the tendering process and contractors’ deadlines.
“The entrepreneurs will bid for the job and then tell us when they can start and how long it will take, so we can share that soon, but we don’t want to share it prematurely because we don’t know for sure yet”, Sayers said.
“We know where the building will be placed. It will be very similar to what it was before, except it will be a little further from the street. This will create more visibility around the corner, which has always been a long-standing problem. “
All parking lots will now be on one side, with the main entrance facing the Legion leadership, Sayers said. Trucks will now come in a separate dedicated entrance.
There will also be a different door to access a food service area, such as the grocery store and bakery and at the front near the sidewalk, “there will be seating outside where people can take food. or a drink inside and sit outside and enjoy it. “
“Inside, it’s a similar square footage, but it’s a much better use of space,” Sayers said.
Previously there was a room at the front, which will now be converted into a sales area and “we have minimized the back room and moved some offices… so overall there is more sales space even though the building is the same size, “he said.
Amyotte noted that just over eight months after the fire, the township, without help from any other level of government or agency, was able to streamline the process, “and all that it took, it’s an agreement on the sitemap to get you started ”.
She said she was “very happy” and appreciates all the hard work of the Sayers family and township staff and the patience of the community.
“Guess what, everyone? We’re going to have a new grocery store. It’s coming soon. “