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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
Steinhaus Checks Out New Adams Store
Construction Continues at Southern Dutchess location
Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus toured the new Adams Fairacre Farm location on Route 9 in the Town of Wappinger to get an update on the store’s construction progress. The County Executive was joined by representatives from the Dutchess County Economic Developmental Corporation (DCEDC) and the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (DCIDA) as well as local media.
The new Adams store, the company’s fourth location in the Hudson Valley, will be approximately 70,000 square feet and is expected to open on or about November 1st in time for the holiday season. According to Stephen Adams, the new location is similar in size to current Adams store locations in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. The store is expected to employ approximately 200 people in a mix of full and part-time positions.
“This new Adams store will certainly be a ‘destination’ location,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “The Adams’ family has built a strong, positive reputation in our community and it is terrific to see them expand and grow into the southern Dutchess area.”
Customers can expect to see all of the same departments as found in current Adams store locations including produce, cheese, bakery, deli, meat, seafood on the grocery end, in addition to the garden center and nursery. The produce department continues to be the main focus and customers can expect to see lots of choices from local farms. “The familiar departments that our customers know and love will all be here, with a little added “flair”,” according to Stephen Adams. For example, the meat department will feature a large butcher block table in customer view for shoppers to order custom meat cuts.
The new Wappinger location incorporates feedback and input from store and department managers from each of Adams existing locations. Utilizing best practices and lessons learned from the other sites, the new Wappinger location is expected to have an improved customer flow as well as a larger prepared food section than found in other locations. Prepared foods is still a relatively new category for Adams, and the new store will capitalize on the category’s growing popularity with both hot and cold choices featuring many local ingredients. A seating area will be available for customers to stop and enjoy a bite.
The new Adams store has a strong focus on green energy with the store design featuring numerous skylights to take advantage of natural lighting. An advanced energy management system and s high efficiency refrigeration system will also help contain energy usage.
The project is led by Construction Manager Michael Augello, who has overseen the construction of other Adams’ locations including Newburgh and Kingston. According to Mr. Augello, there are generally about 50 or more construction workers on site any given day, with peak construction activity days having about 100 workers on site. Many of the workers have been part of the construction projects at other Adams’ locations. Adams has also strived to keep much of the work with local companies and local employees, utilizing local suppliers, and even building produce displays and cabinetry with in-house construction workers versus using a national retail display supplier.
DCIDA Chairman Michael Tomkovitch was impressed by the activity on store’s construction site. “It is great to see so many people here working. This project has created numerous construction jobs, and when the store opens there will be hundreds of permanent jobs created. That is exactly what we envision when we support projects through the DCIDA.” To construct this store, Adams utilized financing assistance tools offered by the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency.
When the new Adams store opens, customers will be certain to recognize many faces in the new Wappinger location, with an estimated 40% of the store’s staff to come from existing stores. “Our employees are one of our biggest attractions,” said Stephen Adams. Barbara Johnson will serve as Store Manager, transferring from the Newburgh location. Garrett Dyal will serve as Assistant Manager, transferring from the Kingston location. “The company is great about promoting from within,” said Mr. Dyal. “This new location will create new job opportunities not only in Wappinger, but in our other locations as well as current employees transfer to this new store.”
County Executive Steinhaus said, “In Dutchess, we are driven to help create economic development, new payroll and jobs. We are excited about the number of jobs this project is bringing to the area. That is how you build community and economic infrastructure – with great projects like a new Adams store. We are pleased we could support this project by partnering Adams with our county IDA to get the project moving and with our DCEDC to help promote and market the store once it is opened.”
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