VOL. 113 | NO. 43 | Wednesday, March 3, 1999
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
Berryhill Market wants to revive neighborhood store concept
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
Construction is about to begin on Berryhill Market, a $2 million project located at the corner of Chimneyrock and Berryhill roads in Cordova.
The market will contain about 3,500 square feet, said Sam Sarno, a partner in the new venture with Patrick Robilio, John Stemmler and Richard Blout.
In addition to grocery items, Berryhill Market will house Chimneyrock Deli, which will offer to-go items such as pizzas, deli sandwiches and rotisserie chicken, Sarno said.
Robilio, who is owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket at 3502 Summer Ave., will be manager of operations for Berryhill Market.
The market will offer Texaco gasoline with pay-at-the-pump features and will house an automatic teller machine, Sarno said.
He said he and his partners want to revive the neighborhood store concept which has been fast-disappearing to super stores.
"Grocery stores, especially the bigger ones, have kind of gotten away from customer service," Robilio said.
"There is really not a neighborhood grocery store left anymore. Its awfully hard to run one. We like the idea of a neighborhood market."
The design of the market features a two-tone brick building, which Robilio said the partners hope will complement the residences in that area.
"We want to basically blend with the neighborhood. We dont want to go into this thing and have a bright canopy that you can see 3 miles away that will shine in somebodys bedroom across the street," he said.
Given the growth in the area, the new market will have plenty of competition, but Sarno said he hopes the store will draw customers because of its personal service and attractive appearance.
"Our thrust is to be a neighborhood market. We are very proud of the fact that were going to be in that neighborhood and we want to be good neighbors.
"Were paying a lot of attention to making it a very pretty building," Sarno said.
Chris Woods Construction is the general contractor on the project.
The project is expected to be completed by summer, Sarno said.