Good news for residents of Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. A full-service grocery store is coming soon!
Bakers Square Shopping Center is being built at the former site of the Tasty Baking Company. The 220,000 square foot shopping center will be anchored by a 71,000 square foot ShopRite Supermarket. At this time, the neighborhood has no supermarket. Residents are forced to travel great distances to get fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and reasonably priced grocery items. Prices are considerably lower at a grocery store as opposed to a convenience store.
Construction of the new ShopRite begins this Friday, March 25th, with a projected opening date in the third quarter of 2012. According to Brown Super Stores public relations department, it has been 25 years since this neighborhood has had a full-service grocery store! This is a major health issue for children because things like fresh meat and fruit and hard to come by at local convenience stores. Another benefit is the new ShopRite will create 250 jobs. ShopRite tends to hire workers from the neighborhood their stores are located in.
ShopRite opened up a store at 52nd and Parkside in West Philadelphia which is doing well. Hopefully the new store will also do well. We give two Progress Pennsylvania thumbs up to ShopRite for investing in struggling Philadelphia neighborhoods. Everyone needs access to wholesome and reasonably priced food.