New spot for old-school supermarket

The Crystal Lake Thriftway in Westmont, a throwback to the days before foodies and locavores, is moving.

But rest easy, loyal fans: The store isn't going far. And top 40 oldies will continue to serenade shoppers.

The Westmont Plaza space Superfresh vacated earlier this year is expected to be ready for the new Thriftway by September. Until then, the current store -- with its short aisles, shorter checkout lines and folksy flavor -- will stay open, manager Bob Wurtenberger says. Employees also will be retained.

"We want to serve our customers better," he adds.

The shift follows recent closings and openings of South Jersey supermarkets. The Westmont and Marlton Superfresh stores closed in January, and PathMark stores in Camden, Cherry Hill and Edgewater park will shut in September.

But a new Shoprite opened two weeks ago in Lawnside, with another planned for Admiral Wilson Boukevard in Camden, and a Whole Foods is on its way to the Ellisburg Shopping Center in Cherry Hill.