New Store for Shoppers in Girardville

GIRARDVILLE -- A convenience store in a small Schuylkill County community is bringing big relief to shoppers who have had to travel out of town to get their groceries.

Unity Food Market just opened up in Girardville about two weeks ago.

"Either direction you're going, you're going three miles to Ashland. You're going five miles to Frackville. So, you know, it was a great necessity and we're very, very happy that he opened up and we hope the success continues," said borough council president Charles Marquardt.

The store opened after the borough asked the owner, who also owns another Unity Food Market in Frackville, to open one in the community.

"Definitely a need, definitely. People are going out of town all the time because the stores in the town had closed and stuff like that."

The store is inside an old bank that closed about a decade ago.

The owner says if this store does well, he'll purchase the building next door and knock down the wall so he can build an even larger store.

"Yes, I feel great," said owner Vinny Barot. "And everybody appreciates that. I met all the people who come into the store and they all appreciate to come into Girardville."

The community is so happy to see new life in an old building.

They're also happy about the fact they can make a trip to a convenience store without having to leave Girardville.

"I've been in there for a couple times for coffee and different stuff, a lot better than running to Ashland or Shenandoah. I wish them success."

The store is open during the week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

6 comments

  • Frank K.

    I don’t know what the big deal is. I live in Gouldsboro. Martha’s market, a convenience store, is about five miles from my house. The Citgo market is seven and a half miles. The closest grocery store is probably Dutch’s in Greentown, just under ten miles away. And after that is the Shoprite in Daleville. That’s about 13 miles. The pleasures of living in a rural area.

    • myrtle

      It’s a big deal for this tiny town because the majority of the population are senior citizens who do not drive, and there’s no public transportation to help them. If you knew this county, or knew of this tiny town, you would understand.

      • Shy T

        It is a small town..But this is not the only Store in Town there has been one here for 5 years now..But they are not friends of the People who run the town..

      • BERRIOS

        Can you picture Girardville in 10 to 15 years. The slumlords will have the row homes and half doubles, totally bought up by then.

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