A new full-service supermarket is coming to Atlantic City — its first in more than 15 years — under a public-private effort that will help eliminate one of New Jersey’s food deserts.
A contingent of top state officials gathered Thursday to break ground at the corner of Baltic and Indiana avenues, where plans call for a nearly 55,000-square-foot ShopRite operated by Village Super Market Inc. Gov. Phil Murphy and others were among those on hand, highlighting the importance of a project that is more than three years in the making and began with a solicitation by the state’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
“Atlantic City residents should not have to leave town in order to shop for groceries for themselves and their families,” Murphy said. “Our administration, the CRDA, Mayor (Marty Small Sr.) and others have been working long and hard to make today a possibility, and I am happy to be standing today alongside our partners to break ground on a brand new ShopRite for Atlantic City.”
According to the state, construction on the new store is slated to begin in 2022 and will take roughly 13 to 15 months to complete. At that time, it will fill a need for a so-called food desert, which describes urban neighborhoods and rural towns without access to fresh, healthy and affordable food and whose residents are often forced to eat processed meals.
Officials noted that the project essentially began in August 2018, when CRDA issued a solicitation for consulting services, seeking to locate a site and a developer for a new grocery store in the city. The agency would go on to hire Uplift Solutions Inc., which recommended the site at Baltic and Indiana avenues, paving the way for it to seek a developer.
In August 2019, CRDA selected Village Super Market as its developer and operator, leading to a lengthy land use and approval process.
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