MERIDEN — Nachos, cigars, Polish products and an Icee machine are a few of the additions to the newly renovated Aresco’s Superette.
The store reopened Aug. 18 after being closed for seven months for interior renovations.
“It needed a change. It’s been the same for years and years,” said Dave Chorostecki, store manager.
Chorostecki said some of the changes include polishing floors and replacing equipment, such as refrigerators and a cash register.
Chorostecki said most of the original signs remain and the Aresco Hall of Fame, a shelf of trophies, is still displayed. He said the goal of the renovations was to update features in the store while still keeping elements from the past.
Jerry Hassan, store owner, said he also decided to add more products. Cigarettes, cigars, prepackaged salads, grinders and hot foods are among the new offerings.
“We never before had the coffee section.” Hassan said, pointing to a row of machines. “We’re trying to put hot dogs, nachos, but we need a new license. We’re waiting for (City Hall).”
He said the store will feature hot food items once they have obtained a license. He plans to add the Icee machine in the next few weeks.
The new features also include a selection of Polish and Goya products in addition to the already established Italian food section. Hassan said he added the products after several regular customers requested them.
The store will also be open longer. The new hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“I added one hour more because [customers] asked me for it,” Hassan said.
So far the reaction has been good.
“One customer came here and she was so emotional,” Chorostecki said. “She had tears in her eyes because she said she loved the change.”