On Thursday morning, hundreds of residents from Northwest Philadelphia and neighboring communities were at Bakers Centre to celebrate the grand opening of a new ShopRite.
The 71,000 square foot supermarket, operated by the same family which operates the Roxborough ShopRite, will be the anchor store of the 30-acre, 220,000 square foot plaza, which will also include retail shopping, eateries, and a 73,000 square foot Restaurant Depot outlet.
Together, Bakers Centre is anticipated to bring 1,000 jobs to an area that straddles East Falls, Allegheny West, Nicetown, and Hunting Park.
Jeff Brown, president of Brown's Super Stores, told Newsworks previously that the Bakers Centre location will be his company's sixth urban store and among the largest of his ten stores. He says it continues a personal belief that large-scale retail developments can work in distressed neighborhoods.
"We're very thankful for the fantastic relationships that we've built in this community during the planning and design of this store," said Brown on Thursday.