Jennie Conboy is looking forward to the day when she can buy groceries and beer at the same time.
"It can't come soon enough," said the loyal Weis shopper from West York.
Her grocery store of choice is at 1800 Roosevelt Ave. in West Manchester Township, and that Weis location is soon adding a beer cafe.
Weis hopes to begin construction on the beer cafe in the coming weeks, according to company spokesman Dennis Curtin.
"We expect to open it sometime later in the fall, and the store will carry 300 to 400 varieties (of beer)," he said.
The cafe: The addition will include a 35-seat cafe where beer is sold for on-premise consumption and take out, with a two six-pack maximum.
Food will also be sold in the cafe. Menu items will include pizza, sandwiches, chicken tenders and more.
"In some stores, we see a nice pick up in business on Pizza Fridays — when our store-made pizza is on sale for $5.99," Curtin said.
While this is Weis' first beer cafe in York County, the Sunbury-based grocery chain has 19 beer cafes throughout Pennsylvania.
"I'm so excited for it to open. It's really a matter of convenience to be able to pick up groceries and some beer in one stop," said Melissa Senovich, a York City resident.
Weis operates nine stores in York County, including the Roosevelt Avenue location.
When asked if any other local stores will be getting a beer cafe, Curtin said, "we have no announced plans for other locations at this time."
The process: Weis first announced a plan in 2012 to add beer sales to its Roosevelt Avenue store. A timetable wasn't given then, as Curtin said the company was still in the planning and approval stages.
Plans will likely go before the West Manchester Township Zoning Board at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, according to Monica Love, West Manchester Township zoning officer.
Weis first received approval on a liquor license for the location in May 2012, said Stacy Kriedeman, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
It is currently in safekeeping with the state, she said. That means Weis still owns the license, but it's being held by the state.
When Weis is ready to open the beer cafe, the company will have to pay $150 for the state to re-issue the license, Kriedeman said.
The Liquor Control Board will then go on-site to make sure the plan still meets state requirements, she said.
"If all requirements are met, they can get on-site approval and open," Kriedeman said.
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