by June Portnoy
Weis Markets, which recently opened a store in Doylestown, started out as a small neighborhood store in Sunbury, PA in 1912. Although it now operates 165 stores in five states, its headquarters have remained in Pennsylvania, and Weis Markets has maintained its hometown values and local ties to the community.
“Unlike some of our other competitors who are based in other parts of the country or world, our management lives and works in the communities we serve,” says Dennis Curtin, Director of Public Relations at Weis Markets. “In a very real sense, we’re the hometown store with strong roots in the communities where we operate.”
By being a part of its communities, Weis Markets’ team can closely watch for new trends in the marketplace, so they can move quickly to meet changing customer needs.
“We’re always looking for customer feedback from our customers to ensure we stock the products they want,” says Dennis. “We strongly believe one size does not fit all, which is why we stock local favorites.”
When it first opened, Weis Markets bought its produce and dairy products from farmers who were often their customers. Today, 100 years later, Weis Markets is one of the single largest purchasers of Pennsylvania agricultural products.
“We were local before local was cool,” says Dennis. “In a given year, we buy 25 million pounds of local produce and our Weis Quality milk comes from Pennsylvania dairy farms.”