City set to OK grant for Cherry Hill supermarket

Full-service store could be open by June

March 13, 2002|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

The city Board of Estimates is expected to approve a $50,000 grant today to support the reopening of the former Super Pride supermarket in Cherry Hill as a 16,000-square-foot, full-service grocery store to be known as Integrity Foods.

The grant is one piece of $750,000 in funding from a combination of city, state and private sources that will help restore a local supermarket in the community. Cherry Hill lost its only grocery in 2000 when Super Pride, anchor of a refurbished town center owned by Catholic Charities, went out of business.

Loss of the Super Pride was especially painful in the geographically isolated neighborhood - home to about 11,000 residents, many of whom do not have cars - and to the town center, which many hoped would spur community development.

"It should be a big shot in the arm for Cherry Hill and all the people that live there," said Mayor Martin O'Malley who has made a priority of bringing more grocery stores to under-served city neighborhoods. "Grocery stores strengthen our neighborhoods."

Additional funding commitments for the project include $250,000 each from the Development Credit Fund and state Department of Housing and Community Development, and $100,000 each from the state Department of Business and Economic Development and the Abell Foundation, according to Kevin Malachi, director of the city's commercial revitalization division.

The store will be owned and managed by Integrity Foods LLC, an enterprise headed by local businessmen Al Moore and Jeffe Singh.

The store could open as early as June, city officials said.

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