New Dillons in old spot

Dillons plans to replace its store at Harry and Edgemoor with a bigger, nicer store, making it the latest in a string of multimillion dollar store renovations, expansions and openings.

In late November or early December, the company will open a store in the former Homeland grocery store at Georgetown and Harry, about a mile to the west.

It will then close the existing 54,000-square-foot Dillons at Harry and Edgemoor.

The Georgetown and Harry store will open fully equipped and stocked. No groceries or fixtures will move from one location to another, said spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.

Dillons will then demolish the Harry and Edgemoor store and build an entirely new, 78,000-square-foot building on the site.

"It's always exciting to redo a store," Lowrie said. "It gives us an opportunity to improve on our customers' shopping experience."

The planned Harry and Edgemoor store will feature:

* A new decor scheme, which will be the first time the new design will be used in Wichita

* A six pump fuel center

* An expanded deli with made-to-order sandwiches, Chinese food, dishes such as hand-breaded fried chicken and a beverage center

* An indoor/outdoor cafe dining area with free wireless Internet

* A meat and seafood departmen

* An expanded bakery

* A larger frozen, refrigerated and organic foods sections

* A larger produce section and larger salad bar

* An expanded pharmacy with private counsel room, waiting area and double lane drive-through window.

This is the 12th store the company has improved or replaced in the past five years, Lowrie said.

The company is in the midst of renovating its store at 21st and Amidon.

The chain has recently built its larger Dillons Marketplace stores in Derby and Andover.

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