Weis Markets plans to invest $135 million in its growth during 2021, including investments in new stores, remodels, fuel centers, information technology upgrades and more than a thousand smaller store improvement projects.
"Already this year, we've opened a new store in Martinsburg, West Virginia and a remodeled store in Gap, Pennsylvania, which was closed for 18 months due to a fire," said chairman, president and CEO Jonathan Weis. "We are currently finishing up work on two stores in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, which will open later this spring, and have started work on a new store in Warminster, Pennsylvania, our second in Bucks County."
The company also plans eight remodels and eight fuel centers in 2021. While all of these projects will begin in 2021, some may not be completed until 2022.
Mr. Weis also spoke about the pandemic's impact. "We are awed by the efforts of those who work in retail, most especially our Weis associates who took care of our customers during challenging times. They are among the unsung heroes of the past year." He also praised the company's pharmacy team which has vaccinated more than 145,000 people in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and New Jersey since late January.
In FY 2020, the company generated $4.1 billion in sales—up 16.1% while comparable store sales increased 16.4%. Net income increased 74.9 percent to $118.9 million.