WEEDVILLE - Hundreds of bidders turned up at the site of the former DeLullo's Shur Save Supermarket in Weedville on Wednesday for an equipment auction, as the store opened and closed its doors for the last time. The location is now the future site of a Family Dollar scheduled to open this summer.
Auctioneer Mark Barkley, with Barkley Auctions LLC, said the day was a success, adding that, "Everything was liquidated."
"We had 125 registered bidders . Most come in pairs, so you could easily count 250 people in attendance," Barkley said.
Others like store manager Vicki Kunes, with DeLullo's for eight of the store's nearly nine years of existence, had a more sentimental perspective on the day's proceedings.
"It's very emotional, I was a little teary-eyed," Kunes said, adding, "I'm relieved it's done."
Kunes said that anything not a permanent fixture was sold, as men removed the surveillance cameras from the ceilings and others loaded long rows of shopping carts onto the bed of a pickup truck. "Everything must go"-- and it did, Kunes said, as she scanned the bare shelves and empty freezer cases.
"It's not the same empty," she said.
Kunes said that many customers were upset over DeLullo's closing, as it was a fixture in Bennetts Valley and their source for choice cuts of meat, in particular beef.
Other stores in the vicinity, like the Bennetts Valley Pharmacy, recognizing the void left by DeLullo's closure, have themselves begun efforts to stock more food products.
Linda Dipoalo, retail manager with the Bennetts Valley Pharmacy, said while the store has always carried groceries, they have expanded their volume and variety since DeLullo's closed at the beginning of this month.
"We had two or three shelving units full of groceries, now we're up to 8 or 10 [shelving units] and our bread has increased from a three-foot shelving unit to a 12-foot unit now, and we've increased our milk, pop...we've increased pre-packaged lunch meats. As people ask for stuff, we'll start getting it in," Dipoalo said.