ABOVE PHOTO: Philadelphia’s dignitaries including Rep. Jewell Williams, Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones and the Browns, breakground at the new supermarket site.
Photos by Bill Z. Foster
Brown’s Super Stores, nationally recognized for opening supermarkets in ‘Food Desert’ locations, broke ground at 10:00 am on Friday, March 25, 2011 on their new ShopRite of Baker’s Square. This groundbreaking is in conjunction with the real estate development firm Metro Development Company at what will be the Baker’s Square shopping center in the Hunting Park West section of Philadelphia.
This new development will be anchored by the 71,000 square foot Brown’s ShopRite Supermarket, located on the former Tasty Baking Production Factory site.
The Browns are proud to be one of the few major family grocery businesses left in the area and are committed to supporting all of the neighborhoods where they do business. “We are very excited to be opening our brand new state-of-the-art ShopRite in the East Falls/Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Our new store facility will be innovative and exceptional. We continue to be committed to operating spotlessly clean stores, having the freshest foods and friendly associates who are respectful to everyone.
We are looking forward to being a part of this community and making a difference,” states Jeff Brown, President and CEO of Brown’s Family ShopRite. ShopRite of Baker’s Square will be added to the other 10 stores Brown operates in the Philadelphia area.
Many dignitaries were in attendance including Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fatah, State Senator Vincent Hughes, Councilman Curtis Jones and State Representatives Jewell Williams and Rosita Youngblood. This groundbreaking will continue a process of exciting new investments in a part of the city that has not had a full service supermarket offering fresh, healthy and affordable food in many years. There will be musical entertainment and light refreshments will be served.
ShopRite of Baker’s Square will bring over 250 jobs to the area, which is crucial to the well being of the people in our communities. We hope all media can attend this event, so important to the city’s economic development.