NEW PALESTINE — The Marsh Supermarket in New Palestine received a face-lift inside and out, including the addition of a pharmacy.
Company officials conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand reopening last week to celebrate the occasion. Tom O’Boyle, CEO and president of Marsh Supermarkets, attended the event and said the idea behind the remodel was to be able to meet the needs of the community better.
In addition to the pharmacy, the company added a salad bar, a service meats section offering special cuts, and an expanded deli and bakery.
“We really wanted this store to be as great as it could be,” O’Boyle said.
Former store manager Joe Franklin, a New Palestine resident, suggested the changes to the corporate office when he was promoted, O’Boyle said.
New manager Matt Jones said the changes enable the store to better serve customers’ needs.
“We wanted to make shopping a more comfortable experience,” O’Boyle said.
The company added more mobile refrigeration units to make more fresh fruits and vegetables available. It also added a new floral area and natural organic foods to the grocery aisles.
“We’ve changed our assortment based on what the customer wants,” O’Boyle said. “They vote with their wallet.”
The most important addition, O’Boyle said, was the pharmacy, which is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Shoppers are able to take care of more of their shopping needs in one stop, he said.
“We want people to think of this as a food and drug store,” O’Boyle said.