Supermarket fulfills long awaited dream

NORTH PHILADELPHIA - December 11, 2009

But the new Fresh Grocer at Progress Plaza is much more than a supermarket.

The grand opening at the new Fresh Grocer supermarket at Progress Plaza Friday morning represented the fulfillment of a dream.

The shopping center was the brainchild of the late Reverend Leon Sullivan of North Philadelphia's Zion Baptist Church back in the late 1960s.

"It was a venue for people of color to have something of pride, where their money would be respected," Zion Baptist Church member Blanche Wiggins said.

But ten years ago, the SuperFresh shut its doors, leaving people in the neighborhood with very few food shopping options.

It took more than nine years, and a lot of community and government cooperation, to get the new $15-million Fresh Grocer up and running.

Project supporters say the work is already paying off.

"270 new jobs right here in North Philadelphia, 75-percent of the folks live within a 2-mile radius of this store; this is neighborhood economic development at its best," Mayor Michael Nutter said.

We've added a link to the Fresh Grocer's weekly sales circular to the Saving with 6abc page.

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