New store opens in former Erie County Farms location

ERIE, Pa. -- The former Erie County Farms is stocked with groceries once again as a new store holds its soft opening Tuesday.

Buffalo-based Super Price Choppers opened it's newest location in Erie County Farms' old storefront, 2256 Broad St., in the Perry Plaza. The store is open under the name SPC/Erie County Farms.

Around 30 employees were hired, many who used to work for Erie County Farms. The store is expected to grow and change inside the 25,000-square-foot space in the next few weeks.

A grand opening is scheduled for April 1.

Erie County Farms closed in the beginning of December after 50 years in business.

Erie County Farms owner Natalie Pacileo was forced to close and liquidate following an order by Erie County Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti Nov. 23.

Agresti ordered the store into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, forcing the store to close. Pacileo has nearly $130,000 in unpaid federal and state payroll tax.

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