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Bottom Dollar Food’s two new Philadelphia-area locations, in the city’s Germantown neighborhood and in Ambler, Pa., both of which opened on Oct. 31, have brought the discount grocery chain’s store count in the market to 43.
“There has been a great deal of anticipation for the openings of the Germantown and Ambler stores,” said Meg Ham, president of Salisbury, N.C.-based Bottom Dollar Food, a division of Delhaize America, noting the banner’s “unbelievably low prices on fresh produce, quality meats, and the private and national brands that matter most to our customers.”
The first 200 customers at the new locations each received a free Bottom Dollar Food reusable bag filled with groceries, and additional customers got free reusable bags throughout the day. The new stores opened to the public at 8 a.m., following ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Former Philadelphia football player Bill Bergey greeted customers and signed autographs at the Germantown store, while ex-Eagle Mike Evans did the honors in Ambler.
“One of my goals as mayor has been to increase access to healthy, affordable food,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This new store brings just that to Germantown.”
“This Bottom Dollar Food will help to keep Ambler a walking community, which is what has attracted so many people to live here,” observed Ambler Mayor Bud Wahl, who said that the town didn’t have a grocery store before the location opened.
Hours of operation for both stores are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The Germantown and Ambler stores have added about 100 jobs to the greater Philadelphia economy. Bottom Dollar Food now operates a total of 62 stores in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.