Food Mart opening in Hampton Community Center

Friday, December 27, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Residents of Hampton Township will be able to refuel and refresh at the new Food Mart, located at the Community Center on McCully Road

The food mart, found on the main level, is designed to serve the community center patrons and the entire township campus, said Kevin Flannery, director of the department of community services.

Township Municipal Manager Christopher Lochner saw a food mart at a local business and thought it would be a good fit for Hampton residents.

“Over the years I’ve had a number of people say to me that it would be nice, as a compliment, if we would offer some type of food service. This is especially the case during the indoor basketball season,” said Lochner.

“If the food court is successful we will look to expand the menu as time goes on,” he said.

The food mart will feature breakfast sandwiches, meals, healthy snacks, cereal, soups and sandwiches, vitamin drinks, juices, sodas, iced tea, coffee, espresso, teas and hot chocolate, salads, ice cream, and nutrition bars, according to Flannery. It will be serviced once a week through an agreement with Aramark, a customer service business.

Flannery said they can make changes and additions to the menu when needed and the prices are competitive market prices.

“It is a kiosk that you simply swipe the purchased items and pay for them by debit card or credit card. Very customer friendly,” said Flannery, who became director last year.

The area will feature some high-top and low-boy tables and Hampton employees will service the area. A ribbon cutting is planned for early January.

In addition, community center members can still enjoy the Hot Spot, a complimentary hot beverage and treat area. This area is reserved for members of the community center and has remained popular since its inception in 2016, according to Melanie Martino, a program coordinator for Hampton’s community services department.

“It is something people enjoy and look forward to,” she said.

They will continue having complimentary treats in the morning for the Community Center and Fitness members as we have done in the past, but this year it will be slightly different, said Martino.

The complimentary morning treats arrive at approximately 8:15 a.m. but this year it will be in conjunction with the coffee available at the new Food Market, she said. This will be in the morning on Tuesdays. It’s also held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

It might also be a nice spot to visit before taking a ski trip with discounted ski passes to Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, thanks to a partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.

Seven Springs prices include all-day passes for $58 Monday through Thursday. And passes are available for $46, Sunday through Thursday, for twilight passes.

Hidden Valley tickets cost $43 for all-day passes Monday through Thursday, and $39 for twilight passes, Sunday through Thursday.

Tickets are for sale at the community center and are available now through March 31, according to Bill Ryder, of the township community services department. There’s no limit for tickets to purchase.

Purchase of the ski lift tickets for both places can be used on weekends and holidays, such as Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, and bus travel will be included, according to Ryder.