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Group Demands Action On A Supermarket For Chester, Pa.

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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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