New store bringing food and jobs

WILMINGTON, Del. - December 22, 2008 - Other markets have tried and failed to make it in the city, but company officials say they're planning on making it.

The store will hire some 200 people. So far, 147 workers are on the payroll, and many live in Southbridge.

"I'm excited to have a job right now. You're lucky to have a job, so there's not too many people working consistently, so to be so close to home, that's a good thing," said employee Kenneth Smith.

ShopRite will tentatively open in a week, but it will have competition.

Fresh Grocer, a store across town, reopened a month ago under new management sensitive to its urban clientel.

"We have an expanded Latino market, we have a lot people from the islands, Jamaicans, stuff like that, so we carry as many foods as we can from those islands," said Kevin Keaveney of Fresh Grocer.

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