continued The expansion will also include a complete cooking school, where local and national chefs along with specialty instructions will teach techniques and recipes for classes and special events.
“Rachael Ray got her big start with us a number of years ago. Today, both men and women like to cook,” Golub said. “More people are looking to be cooks again.”
The chain also announced that over the next two years, they have plans to renovate eight other Price Choppers, increasing the company’s community capital investment to $61 million. When all projects are complete, nearly $90 million will have been invested in the Capital Region stores, according to Price Chopper. The chain has 130 stores.
The concept store has yet to be named. Construction for the expansion will begin within the next 60 days and it will officially open next fall. There will be little disruption to the supermarket during the construction period, Golub said.
The announcement comes on the heels of several new grocers arriving in the region, including ShopRite and Trader Joe’s. Established chains like Hannaford and Price Chopper have been making renovations at many of their stores.