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The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. has opened a Superfresh store at North 2nd Street and West Girard Avenue in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood – the Montvale, N.J.-based grocer’s first Pennsylvania location in more than 10 years. The 51,000-square-foot-store brings almost 120 new jobs to the community.
Among the new store’s features are an expanded selection of locally grown produce, meat, poultry and seafood; an in-store sushi bar; freshly prepared items across its hot-food, antipasto, olive, soup, salad and wing bars; grab-and-go meals of many varieties; a large number of international offerings; and a full-service pharmacy. The location will also provide delivery service to customers, within two hours of their purchases.
“Superfresh is an exciting destination for everyone, from the home cook to the shopper on the go, and offers our customers a large, new store focused on better living to meet all of their shopping needs,” said Sam Martin, president and CEO at A&P, which operates 336 stores in seven states under the A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Superfresh and Food Basics banners. “Northern Liberties customers can expect a wide variety of unique foods and offerings and the best service from our friendly Associates.”
“One of our administration’s Greenworks Philadelphia goals is to bring local food within 10 minutes of 75 percent of our residents,” noted Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “This supermarket, which is on the corner of three neighborhoods, is ideally situated to provide healthy, fresh food options to many Philadelphians who previously lacked this option.”
Martin, Nutter and local dignitaries and community leaders took part in an Aug. 26 ribbon- and cake-cutting ceremony to kick off a day of grand-opening festivities, including free food samples, cooking demonstrations by A&P chef Michael Grieb, healthy-eating tips from registered dietitian Jacqueline Gomes, and an up-close look at the grocer’s 1926 Ford Model A delivery truck.