Fisher’s Popcorn in Fenwick Island is anxiously awaiting construction of their new building, with a move planned from the bay side of Coastal Highway to the ocean side. The three-story building, currently under construction on the southeast corner of the intersection of Route 1 and Route 54, is planned to provide space for several businesses, including Fisher’s.
Fisher’s Popcorn has been a family-owned company since its Ocean City debut in 1937. Bill Hall, who manages the Fenwick and Bethany Beach locations, said he is looking forward to the long-awaited move to the new location. “It’s a great business opportunity for us,” he said. “The business has expanded exponentially.”
His wife, Martha Fisher Hall, is a granddaughter of the man who started the first Fisher’s Popcorn some 70 years ago. Over the decades, Fisher’s has become a staple at the Maryland and Delaware shore.
The Fenwick location at the Viking Golf shops on the opposite corner from the new shop started up in 1983, and, soon, demand brought about the Bethany Beach store. Construction also pressed on through this winter in Rehoboth Beach, which will host the fourth location of Fisher’s Popcorn by this year’s Easter season.
The Fenwick store has been one of the area’s year-round standbys, with hours every weekend for locals who want some fresh caramel corn, weekend visitors who miss the taste of summer and those who want to send some local treats to far away friends and family.
And with summer almost right around the corner, Hall is hoping for progress on the new Fenwick building to pick up so they can move out of the current location and into their new spot.
“We’d like to move in as soon as possible,” he said. “Realistically, it will be early May. It’s come down to a construction issue. The opening date is the big question. Originally, construction had been projected to be finished near the beginning of last winter.”
Once given the go-ahead, Hall will be staring at a short turnover period to transfer everything from the existing building to the upcoming, third-floor location. “There’s a lot of outfitting inside to be done, too,” he added. Atlantic Elevators will even be fashioning a dumbwaiter system to help accommodate business.
Until the new Fenwick location comes around, customers are encouraged to visit the Bethany Beach store on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.