JACKSON TWP.  Shoppers at Marc’s in the Belden Village area have a much larger store with new departments and better convenience.

The new store, which opened July 12 at Dressler Road and Belpar streets, checks in at 45,000 square-feet, which is about 17,000 additional square feet more than the former store on Belden Village Drive Northwest. The old store also presented challenges such as limited space and parking.

During the new store's opening day, the parking lot was packed with cars and the isles were full of customers. All 12 checkout lanes were opened and full with customers, but lines were moving quickly.

Store manager Brittany Sandy said all the store's departments have been expanded and a cold cut counter has been added that offers lunch meats and cheeses. She says the cold cut counter - on top of more space in general - is one of main additions to the new location.

"The first day has been pretty busy," Sandy said. "Everyone is excited to see the brand new building."

Rick Tucci, who was waiting in line at the cold cut counter, said the store has a nice layout and it is nice and clean.

"The bargains are very nice," Tucci said. "The bargains are one of the reasons we shop at Marc’s."

The property the new store sits was purchased by A Altman Co. in November, which was formerly the Aston Park plaza. The majority of the plaza was demolished to make way for the Marc’s and a Panera Bread, which features a drive-thru, the first in Stark County.

Carolyn Burch and her husband, Ted, said the new store is "really nice," but added it will take them some time to get used to where everything is. Ted added that he likes the easy access, better parking and the store "not being so cramped."

The new store will employee about 150 people.