CHESTERTOWN — The Acme supermarket at Kent Plaza is about to expand.

The Cordish Companies, general partner and manager of the shopping center, announced the planned expansion in a news release Friday, Feb. 7. Acme, according to the release, has signed a lease to expand its store from 25,000 square feet to a “world-class, modern 41,500 square feet” store.

At the same time, Cordish said it will be investing about $1 million to upgrade and modernize the plaza. New façades, parking lot repaving and substantial upgrades to lighting and landscaping will be included, the news release said.

The release quoted Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino, who said, “This is very exciting news for the community, and we look forward to working with The Cordish Companies to facilitate the expansion of Acme and the upgrades to the Kent Plaza Shopping Center.”

David Cordish, chairman of The Cordish Companies, thanked Cerino and Washington College President Mitchell Reiss for “their support, encouragement and ongoing commitment to the betterment of the community.”

The renovations will be completed this year, a Cordish spokesperson said in an email, Friday. The expansion will involve extending the supermarket into the adjacent storefront, formerly a liquor store.

The Acme expansion comes as the town awaits word of a possible new supermarket to occupy the space vacated by Fresh & Green’s in the Washington Square shopping plaza. Town Manager Bill Ingersoll told the town council the owner of the property expects to have a new store committed to take over the space by March.

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