By Jon Bishop, jbishop@nashobapub.com

 

Ayer will be getting a new grocery store, according to David Maher, director of community and economic development.

In a press release, he wrote that Paul diGeronimo, owner of the now-vacant 22 Fitchburg Road property, has secured a new tenant. The previous one, Hanford, left at the end of January.

The tenant, Mike Szelest, runs Central Supermarket in Winchendon. The Ayer store will be under a different name, Maher said.

“It’s something that the town really wants,” Maher told The Public Spirit. “They’re going to be making it better.”

The store might not be as big as Market Basket, he said, but it will be family-owned.

Maher also said that its supplier will be Hanford.

According to the press release, the store will likely open in mid July.