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Bottom Dollar Food, a soft-discount grocery division of Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America, said yesterday that it planned to open 15 to 20 stores in the greater Philadelphia market by the end of 2010, resulting in the creation of over 600 jobs in the area.
“Bottom Dollar Food has great potential in the market as we believe it is underserved in the soft-discount grocer arena,” said Bottom Dollar president Meg Ham, president of the chain, which bowed its first store in High Point, N.C., nearly five years ago and has since since grown to 28 locations in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
According to Ham: “Customers will find Bottom Dollar Food unique because we carry national and private products, and offer outstanding quality in produce, meat and other products. We offer the best prices on groceries in the market and provide our customers a friendly, fun and lighthearted shopping experience.”
Bottom Dollar Food has identified 21 locations for new stores, including Bensalem Plaza in Bensalem Township, Coatesville Airport Village Shopping Center in Valley Township, Penndel Shopping Center in Penndel, Valley Plaza Shopping Center in Allentown, Chalfont Village Shopping Center in Chalfont, Reading Mall in Exeter Township, The Shops at Walnut Grove in Lower Southampton, and Krewstown Shopping Center and Penrose Park Plaza in Philadelphia, as well as Ganttown Plaza in Turnersville, N.J., and Crispin Square in Marlton, N.J.
The chain is also looking at other locations in the greater Philadelphia area, and will debut its first store in the region this fall.
“We are very fortunate to have a strong emerging banner that we can continue to grow in new markets,” added Ham. “Bottom Dollar Food will be a great place to work as we create new jobs in the community.”