The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed for a year the opening of Perry’s newest convenience store, the JMC Supermarket at 605 First Ave., but the site is now on track for a late March or early April opening.
Manoj Adhikari, owner of the new convenience, told the Perry City Council at its Feb. 18, 2020, meeting that he “hoped to be open March 1, but now it looks like it will be after that.”
Adhikari did not know at the time that it would be a year “after that.”
The liquor and tobacco licenses that the council approved in 2020 for AA&M Inc., the company Adhikari owns, might need to be renewed before the grand opening.
Adhikari has built a deck for a line of built-in coolers at the rear of the 100-foot-deep retail space, which is generously filled with shelving awaiting stock.
The 42-year-old building is owned by Richard and Juda Saemisch, according to county records, and several other businesses share the 8,056 square feet, including Roberts-Smiley Insurance.