Joe's Super Variety will be closed until mid-2016, when it reopens in the first floor of a multi-story building to be built on the same site. Joel Page/Staff Photographer

Joe’s Super Variety will be closed until mid-2016, when it reopens in the first floor of a multistory building to be built on the same site. Joel Page/Staff Photographer

The demolition of Joe’s Super Variety began Tuesday during southern Maine's first winter storm. The Congress Street institution, which operated in the same location for 70 years, is being leveled so a new apartment building can be built.

The demolition of Joe’s began Tuesday during southern Maine’s first winter storm of the season. The Congress Street institution, which operated in the same location for 70 years, is being leveled so a new apartment building can be built. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

The owners of Joe’s Super Variety say they play to reopen in the first floor of the new building.

The owners of Joe’s say they plan to reopen in the first floor of the new building. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Joe’s Super Variety will be back, “bigger and better, improved and more efficient,” possibly by the middle of next year, said David Discatio, one of three brothers who run the landmark shop on Congress Street in the Longfellow Square neighborhood. The owners packed up and closed the shop in early December.

Joe’s will be back, “bigger and better, improved and more efficient,” possibly by the middle of next year, said David Discatio, one of three brothers who run the landmark shop on Congress Street in the Longfellow Square neighborhood. The owners packed up and closed the shop in early December. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer