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Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food, a banner of Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America, has revealed grand-opening dates for its first 14 stores in the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets, with the first seven stores set to bow on Thursday, Jan. 26.
Grand-opening festivities will include giveaways of free private brand products to the first 200 customers at each location, free reusable bags while supplies last, and guest appearances by former Pittsburgh Steelers players. Store openings will continue over the next several weeks.
“Customers will find Bottom Dollar Food unique because we offer unbelievably low prices, carry quality private brands and the national brands that matter most, and offer a meaningful, efficient assortment of fresh produce and meat,” said Bottom Dollar President Meg Ham. “Additionally, our associates provide our customers an energetic and lighthearted shopping experience.”
The Jan. 26 grand openings will kick off with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 7:30 a.m.; the stores will then open immediately afterward to the public. Erstwhile Steelers Randy Grossman (Penn Hills), LC Greenwood (Carnegie), Louis Lipps (Bridgeville), Mike Merriweather (McKeesport), John Banaszak (Aliquippa), Mike Wagner (Pittsburg, Saltsburg Road) and Robin Cole (Pittsburgh, Brownsville Road) will sign autographs and greet customers from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Seven more stores will open on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 a.m. in Castle Shannon, Ambridge and Butler, Pa.; and Youngstown, Ohio, with grand-opening festivities beginning at 7:30 a.m.:
The expansion, plans for which were unveiled last year, will create more than 800 jobs through the new store openings, according to Bottom Dollar.
To foster a sense of community in its new market, the discount grocer is donating $10,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, as well as $500 to each to various local nonprofit groups, schools, libraries, and fire and police organizations as part of the Jan. 26 grand-opening festivities.
Bottom Dollar’s first Pennsylvania store opened on Oct. 8, 2010, and the banner now operates 29 stores in the greater Philadelphia market -- 24 locations in Pennsylvania and five in New Jersey. After the 14 grand openings in January and February, the chain will have 43 stores in three states.