At the Feb. 22 meeting of the Finger lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC), the board approved an incentive for Oak Hill Bulk Foods to undertake an 8,000 sq. ft. expansion of their store on Rte. 14A in Second Milo. Phil Riehl, president of Oak Hill, says the project will also include extensive interior renovations and rearrangement, expanding their retail, and bakery production areas, as well as the increasingly popular Oak Leaf Café.
Riehl says it has been 7 1/2 years since their last expansion, and the business has expanded faster than he anticipated. He expects construction to begin midsummer for the addition that will be on the south side of the current building. This will accommodate both the expanded retail space and a new, larger bakery needed for Oak Hill’s expanding product lines and increase in the wholesale market.
Once the bakery has been relocated and made operational, the current bakery will be remodeled for expansion of the Oak Leaf Café, perhaps during the winter, says Riehl. He also plans on rearranging the parking plan and adding more green space on the property, designed to be more aesthetically pleasing on approach from the road.