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Weis Markets investing in new stores, remodels

Weis Markets announced that it would invest $135 million in its 2013 capital expenditure program, an 8 percent increase compared to the year prior, to put toward 37 major projects, including four new stores, 15 major remodels and 17 remodels.

"By the end of 2013, we will have invested nearly half a billion dollars in our growth and will have completed more than 100 projects," David J. Hepfinger, president and chief executive officer of the Sunbury, PA-based chain, told shareholders at a recent annual shareholder meeting. "Our Cap Ex program also includes record level investments in our information technology infrastructure. Improving our decision support and measurement capabilities are essential to our growth and future profitability."

"To position our company for continued growth, we have made record investments in our store base," Jonathan H. Weis, vice chairman, added. "Look for more of the same in 2013 when we increase our Cap Ex investment to $135 million — an 8 percent increase compared to 2012 — and a 33 percent increase compared to 2011."

According to Mr. Hepfinger, supply chain and improving service are also key areas of focus.

"Our organization has worked diligently to improve efficiencies throughout our supply chain — from distribution to the customer's cart," he said. "We are also holding ourselves accountable to our customers in all that we do, which has resulted in better in-stock conditions, improved freshness and product rotation and better customer service."

Weis Markets operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.