Group Demands Action On A Supermarket For Chester, Pa.

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A group of Chester (Delaware County) residents, upset that they’ve gone for years without a hometown supermarket, has vowed to disrupt things at this weekend’s Philadelphia Union soccer game if they don’t get some attention — and action — from city officials.

Two members of a group called “Action United” have presented staffers for Pennsylvania state senator Dominic Pileggi with a letter demanding more than the alleged lip service that protest leader Pat Worrell (left) says she has heard from Pileggi and mayor Wendell Butler:

“They make statements about how much they want to have a supermarket here in the city but nothing’s been done.”

Residents now have to travel to Eddystone, Upper Chichester, or the Granite Run Mall — some by bus — to get food ever since the last family-owned supermarket in Chester shut its doors about a decade ago.   And they wonder, with a new casino and a soccer stadium, why getting a supermarket is so difficult.

So the group vows to block one of the parking lots at this Saturday’s Union soccer game to make their point.

Pileggi was in Harrisburg on Thursday on legislative business.  A staffer said her boss regrets not being able to meet with the protesters.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio.

 Photo by David Madden

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  1. fjones says:

    $42,000.000.00 That’s how much money the people of Chester spend outside of Chester each year. Don’t give me the garbage that Chester could not support a major retail center. The politicians in Delaware County, who could get this done are afraid that they would lose some of their control if a market was built at 15th and Highland, the site offered by Chester Housing Authority. It’s a shame that some people pay too much attention to the negative things that happen in Chester. The good far out weighs the bad in Chester.

  2. fred206 says:

    $42,000.000.00 That’s how much money the people of Chester spend outside of Chester each year. Don’t give me the garbage that Chester could not support a major retail center. The politicians in Delaware County, who could get this done are afraid that they would lose some of their control if a market was built at 15th and Highland, the site offered by Chester Housing Authority. It’s a shame that some people pay too much attention to the negative things that happen in Chester. The good far out weighs the bad in Chester

  3. J Gunn says:

    I’m sorry for the people here talking out of their hats with little facts and lots of prejudice.
    Got news for many of you; the studies show that Chester CAN support a supermarket. And for those who assume because people live in Chester they do not have jobs, be real! To own homes, one needs to work. Many of us own at least one house in Chester.
    What makes anyone think that people without resources can be the cause of the lack of resources? Sorry, but that does not make sense. Sadly, corrupt politicians are responsible for much of the problems in Chester; these same politicians ‘own’ most of the ills of Del. County as well.

  4. Marc says:

    @nlott1010 I understand your argument, but how exactly will a Supermarket in Chester help the Sick or shut in? How will the people who are unable to leave their home go shopping? Will a Grocery store built next to PPL Park really help someone who lives on 15th and highland, if they don’t have a car?

  5. Dan McD says:

    The residents of the once prosperous city of Chester suffer for the actions of the trouble makers. Nobody in their right mind would invest in a supermarket in an area that was rife with shoplifting, and violence. There are too many people that have no respect for other people, or their property.

  6. Pat says:

    Maybe if they stop killing people and acting like humans then businesses will want to come to Chester. Right now they are the arm pit of Delaware County. That town needs to burn down and be rebult. Clean up your own mess. All you people in Chester created this problem so don’t blame us. We take care of our towns

  7. Joe P says:

    Actullay the area as Ed C said is full of supermarkets for the sales volume the area can support. A Chain Supermarket could never survive under the conditions in the middle of Chester and turn a good profit. A small grocery owned by a smart business person from the town is deserved, but if I was a large chain market I would never scout out a location there either.

    1. $Bill says:

      Would the residents of Chester be willing to pay higher prices since the supermarket owner would have to pay more for security and for shoplifting loses.

  8. nlott1010 says:

    @ Alec and anyone who thinks like him: I don’t understand how you can call those people whiners when all you probably have to do is go to the corner, or at the very least, less than a block away from where you live to get food. But, anyway, my concern is for the Elderly, Sick and Shut-In, and Children. Some people don’t have the convenience of a car, or the ability to leave their homes for the food they need. I think people need to have softer hearts to other peoples’ situations. If anything, YOU are the whiners because you’re whining about people wanting to live.

  9. Alec Berg says:

    Get a life and go to work. It’s tough out there for everybody, bunch of whiners.

  10. Ray says:

    LOL!!!!!!!!

  11. Union Fan says:

    Way to go, disrupt the only group who has made any private effort to help your god forsaken town. $50000 contribution for youth soccer field, coat drive, school supply drive, gainful employment, pride.

  12. Suz says:

    Seriously??????

  13. Ed C says:

    They have 3 supermarkets in Brookhaven.
    Sav-a-lot Pathmark a Giant right up the street. They have more choices of supermarket the many areas of Philadelphia.

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