This is the third store to occupy the space. You know you are old when you remember the first inhabitant, Arlan's. The Moosic store opened in 1970. It was a discount chain that eventually went out of business. KMart grabbed several Arlan's locations-- including the one in Moosic. The Moosic KMart closed a few years ago. It really was painful to watch the store wither and die. It became a neglected fluorescent tomb. The parent company never invested in the place, and that's unfortunate.
Even though there is a very nice market less than a mile away, a mega store here in the plaza makes sense. It's close to all those office buildings at Montage, and it's in a densely populated residential area. The established chain down the street is known for its deli and bakery. I'm sure it can stand up to the new competition. Anecdotally, I hear people are still hitting the established store and that's a good thing.
Even though I can't list myself as a super fan, it's great to see activity in the plaza once again.