Rob Rowe is reinvesting in one of the first independent grocery stores he opened about 13 years ago.
The city approved a permit for Williams & Rowe Co. Inc. to renovate Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets at 5435 Blanding Blvd. at a cost of $925,050.
Rowe, no relation to the contractor, pegs the total renovation cost at $2.7 million.
New food cases, shelving, refrigerated and frozen sections, paint, flooring, an additional checkout lane, a smokehouse, restrooms and store and administrative offices are part of the renovations.
The store was built in 1978 as Albertsons.
“When it’s done, everything will be replaced,” Rowe said. “It needed it.”
He said the sales floor should be ready in about two weeks.
Rowe opened that 61,855-square-foot store after the 2005 acquisition of seven closed Albertsons stores, selling one site and opening six Rowe’s Supermarkets.
Rowe then kept the Blanding site and sold the other five.
When Food Lion shut down its remaining stores in 2012, Rowe bought some of those.
He now operates six Rowe’s, having considered opening more. “I’m always looking for the right deal,” he said…