ONALASKA — Work began Monday on what its manager says is the largest remodeling project ever at Woodman’s Food Market in Onalaska, which opened in 1994.
“We expect to have it complete by the end of March,” said Tom Wysocki, who has managed the store since it opened. “It’s a substantial amount of money,” he said of the project’s cost, which he declined to reveal.
The store’s liquor department will expand by about 20 percent in square footage, into the former video rental area. That will result in a major expansion of selection in that department — “especially craft beers and wine,” Wysocki said.
“We’ve had an increase in business (in that department) and want to keep up with what our customers want,” he said.
The project also involves installing a number of five-level freezer cases and refrigerated cases, all with glass doors, which will increase selection in other departments.
A sushi counter will be installed next to the deli counter in the meat department. And the meat department will increase its selection of frozen, ready-to-eat meals.
There will be a major increase in the store’s selection of both refrigerated and nonrefrigerated natural and organic products, Wysocki said. Woodman’s also will expand its selection of Greek yogurt, ethnic dairy products and frozen gluten-free products, he said.