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Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) visited the Fresh Grocer's Progress Plaza supermarket location, which holds the distinction of being the nation’s first African-American owned and developed shopping center. While touring the 46,000-square-foot supermarket that opened December 2009, the congressman presented a flag to Fresh Grocer president & CEO, Pat Burns.
“This north central neighborhood in the First Congressional District was without a supermarket for more than a decade and I was glad to help gain funding for the project.," said Congressman Brady. "The store not only has healthy and affordable fresh food for residents, it has also created more than 200 jobs. Progress Plaza has always been a beacon of hope and possibilities and this market is a testament to what is possible when we all work together,”
From left, Congressman Brady joins Wendell Whitlock, PIA board chairman; Ducky Birts; and Fresh Grocer's EVP Grant McLoughlin and president./CEO Pat Burns.