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.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Eddie Rodriguez Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say
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.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Delaware County DA Jack Stollsteimer To Announce Charges In Shooting Outside Upper Darby SEPTA Terminal
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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