A 103-year retail era in southern Lancaster County came to an end Tuesday evening, while a new one will start Friday, June 28.
Ferguson & Hassler, the oldest family-owned supermarket in the county, saw its final customers that night.
Known as Fergie’s, the Quarryville store is the latest casualty in the ongoing battle between small, locally owned independent grocery companies and large chains.
Ferguson & Hassler, like Darrenkamp’s in Willow Street last year, sold its business to Carlisle-based Giant, the county’s biggest supermarket chain.
“Giant has really lived up to their reputation of caring for the community and being a trustworthy partner,” said Chip Hassler, spokesman for Ferguson & Hassler’s, in a prepared statement. “My family wishes Giant all the best.”
Ferguson & Hassler announced the closing of the TownsEdge Shopping Village store and its sale to Giant in May.
Giant has signed a long-term lease for the store with the shopping center, whose owners include members of the Hassler family.
As the chain’s 10th store in Lancaster County, the 65,000-square-foot store will retain some things from its Fergie’s days, change some and add others, according to Giant.
Besides the store’s new name, another noticeable difference will be its hours.
As a Giant, the West Fourth Street (Route 222) supermarket in the TownsEdge Shopping Village will operate seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ferguson & Hassler was closed Sundays; the rest of the week, it opened at 8 a.m., closing at 9 p.m. weekdays and 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Giant also will bring an array of new customer services.
Giant will offer home delivery and curbside pickup of grocery orders placed online, as well as a self-checkout option and an app to provide information and digital coupons.
In several respects, Giant will mix the new with the old.
Giant’s 170-employee workforce, for instance, will include 100 former Ferguson & Hassler employees.
In the same vein, the selection on the shelves will include “tried and true local favorites like Fergie’s chicken salad,” plus a deeper selection of meats, fish, produce, organics, deli, grab-and-go items and other categories, said Giant.
And a number of other actions will be familiar to Ferguson & Hassler customers.
For instance, Giant is retaining Ferguson & Hassler’s store layout, meaning departments will stay in the same spots — making it easy for former Fergie’s customers to find them.
Giant said it also will sustain Fergie’s support of local charities.
For instance, Fergie’s was a long-time backer of the Quarryville Fire Department’s annual barbecue in July. A Giant spokeswoman said the store will provide chicken, ribs and supplies for the event.
In addition, Giant will give $1,000 donations to the Quarryville Borough Police, Quarryville Fire Department, Quarryville Library, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries and Solanco School District when it reopens the store. These too are charities that Fergie’s backed, said the Giant spokeswoman.