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Shuttered Farm Fresh could become self storage facility

A concept site plan for self storage on the site of a former Farm Fresh.
(Courtesy Adams Property Group)

The site of a former supermarket on Merrimac Trail may be converted into storage units.

Williamsburg’s Farm Fresh shuttered its doors in early October, and now a proposal before the York County Planning Commission may bring a climate controlled self-service storage facility to the site.

The proposal’s statement of intent was submitted by the Adams Property Group LLC, a South Carolina-based company that owns several storage facilities in South Carolina and Georgia.

The 7.34-acre parcel sits in Shoppes at Merrimac Center, across the Merrimac Trail from Advance Auto Parts and DAV Thrift Store.

The approximately 63,000 square feet former Farm Fresh building will see an interior overhaul to make room for storage space, according to the proposal. The exterior will be mostly unchanged, with the addition of new signage. An additional 30,000 square feet of storage will be added on a Mezzanine level.

All storage units will be located inside the former supermarket.

According to a company spokesman, the Farm Fresh supermarket located at 455 Merrimac Trail is set to close within the next two months. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

A new fence with a keypad-controlled gate will secure the entrance to the storage facility, and people will enter through the side.

The retail shops adjacent to the Farm Fresh building will receive minor exterior upgrades and will remain open. The gas station on the property will be removed in favor of parking.

While Adams Property Group did not propose any additional retail space, their statement of intent did indicate the Farm Fresh parking lot could be used in the future for retail shops facing Merrimac Trail.

The Planning Commission will vote whether to recommend the proposal to the county’s Board of Supervisors Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

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