SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A major development may be making its way to the Poconos, bringing a new grocery store, shopping, restaurants and apartments.

Empty fields off Route 209 in Smithfield Township could become the latest hot spot in the Poconos. Developers out of the Philadelphia area just bought this property for $8 million and plan to transform it into shops, restaurants, and apartment spaces.

“I think it’s very positive, it’s going to be very good. It’s going to help everybody in the community, especially East Stroudsburg,” said business owner Mohamed Mohamed.

Mohamed owns the Dunkin’ Donuts and Mosier’s Deli. His shop is on the property that was sold. He plans to move into the new development if and when the three-phase project near Marshalls Creek becomes a reality.

“We’re going to relocate in the same area here in the new plan, so we’re staying here. We’re not going nowhere,” said Mohamed.

A 77,000 square foot grocery store would be the main anchor with shops, restaurants, apartments and more.