PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Three weeks from today, one of Philadelphia’s fastest-growing neighborhoods gets its first supermarket.

But for some, it is not entirely a cause for celebration.

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Developer Bart Blatstein built the $30-million supermarket at Second and Girard, well aware that Northern Liberties completely lacked a large grocery store (see previous story).   He leased it to parent company A&P, which originally planned a Pathmark store.

“Then, after the census tract came out and showed the incredible development in and around Northern Liberties, they rebranded it as a SuperFresh, which is a higher end market,” Blatstein recalls.

So, for some longtime residents of Northern Liberties, the opening of the SuperFresh is welcome — but with reservations about the pricing.

“(I’m) thrilled to have a grocery store, but I feel that it’s going to be more expensive than what was proposed, the Pathmark,” says Natalie Weiters, who has lived in Northern Liberties for 25 years.

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But Blatstein says the new supermarket will be affordable.

“They’ll still have their price-valued products,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “But in addition to that they’ll have prepared foods, organic foods that you’d find in a higher-brand market.”

The grand opening of the SuperFresh is set for August 26th.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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