EILEEN COHEN Times Leader Correspondent PLYMOUTH — A long standing borough business has changed owners and is in the process of changing it’s look.
Fetch’s Food Store on West Main Street, quietly changed hands late last year and the new owners immediately went to work on their investment. After 88 years in business, former owner David Fetch Jr., locked up the markets doors for the last time on October 31. New owners Mark Tokach and Franklin Ator both of Conyngham, and Frank Pasdon and Chris Kubishin of Hazel Township opened the grocery store’s doors the very next day. A staple of the community, Tokach, also the store manager, felt it was important to keep the grocery store open while renovations to the store’s interior are worked on. “With the price of gas, this store caters to a large part of Plymouth and the surrounding areas,” he said. Slowly a punch list of items, including a new floor layout, color scheme, signs, and refrigeration cases, are being tackled. Tokach said the customers have been very patient through the remodeling process. “They like to watch the changes,” he said. “Customers have given us great feedback.” Lee Ann Coates of Plymouth said she stops in periodically. On her most recent visit last week she noticed the bakery had moved. “I like watching everything move,” she said. “The new coolers are pretty cool.” The fresh new look of the market will be showcased during a grand opening scheduled for May 1 and running until May 28. Several events and sales are planned throughout the month to mark the occasion. Tokach said taste tests that will include the Mushroom Association and the Tomato Association preparing dishes for shoppers are part of the events. “We will have a lot going on,” Tokach said. “Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, the mascot for Cocoa Puffs cereal, will be visiting May 12 and the Herr’s Potato Chip mascot, a chipmunk, on May 15.” Excited about the upcoming events, Tokach added there are many giveaways and prizes planned as well. The store will still carry the Shurfine label but will be committed to offering fresh baked goods, produce and quality meats. “We will have an excellent baker on staff as well as a full staff of butchers,” Tokach said. “The tradition of excellence will be continued.”