Oasis in A Newark Food Desert: ShopRite Opens in Newark

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 01, 2015 4:00pm

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Newark’s redevelopment celebrated a profound milestone with the opening yesterday of ShopRite.

The grand opening was celebrated yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Newark Mayor, Ras J. Baraka, Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, Councilwoman, Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, and other local dignitaries.

Lt. Governor Guadagno addressed the huge crowd of excited shoppers, saying “This was a food desert, we don’t have to go to East Orange or Elizabeth anymore. Mothers have had to take a bus or taxi with their kids to shop. That day is over in Newark today!”

Located in the heart of the Central Ward, the state-of-the-art ShopRite is owned and operated by the Greenstein family, which has had a long commitment to Essex County as the owners and operators of the Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield.

Besides strengthening the community and improving the quality of life in Newark for generations to come, ShopRite brings 360 full and part-time jobs to Newark and will offer a broad array of groceries and fresh produce along with store features and services ShopRite customers have come to expect, including a from-scratch fresh bake shop offering store made bread, cakes and pastries; a butcher shop; Halal department; seafood and produce departments stocking fresh deliveries daily; onsite dietitian offering free, one-on-one consultations, store tours or meal planning to customers; and a wide selection of freshly prepared meals including ShopRite Kitchen entrees, sides and soups that customers can take home or enjoy at the in-store café.

ShopRite of Newark Ribbon Cutting

Newark is celebrated throughout the store, from meats straight from a butcher on Ferry Street to signage that reflects Newark streets and destinations.

 

 

 

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I'm struck by how much attention is being paid to the details of a parking lot, as opposed to the attention paid to the future impact of the monstrous projects being planned.

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