ShopRite® opens its newest store in Newark, with local and state leaders cutting the ribbon on a state-of-the-art store located in the heart of the Central Ward.
The ShopRite of Newark is owned and operated by the Greenstein family, which has had a long commitment to Essex County as the owners and operators of the Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield.
“We are very excited to bring our second ShopRite store to Essex County, with this brand new location in Newark, where we will be a vital part of the community and a good neighbor. We call our Brookdale ShopRite the ‘supermarket with a heart,’ and we plan to bring that same heart, soul and dedication now to serve the city of Newark,” said Neil Greenstein, a third generation grocer and owner of the ShopRite of Newark. “We are privileged to be part of this community and all the great new development that is happening in Newark right now.”
The ShopRite of Newark brings 360 full- and part-time jobs to the city and the store will serve as the anchor for Springfield Marketplace, a much anticipated mixed-used development that will include retail shops, restaurants and 152 market-rate apartments when completed later this year. In the run-up to the store opening, the ShopRite of Newark Facebook page has been featuring the stories of the new store associates.
“We are extremely excited about the Greenstein family opening a ShopRite in Newark, and becoming a partner in creating ‘Newark 3.0,’” Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka said. “This development will address several critical needs in the city: eliminating a ‘food desert’ in its neighborhood; providing jobs, job training, career development, and adding to the overall prosperity and economic strength of Newark as a whole. I am looking forward to shopping at a supermarket that is helping to transform Newark into a City we can all believe in.”
Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins said Neil Greenstein focused his hiring and training efforts on Newark residents while working closely over the last two years with community groups such as the Greater Newark Conservancy, the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, and senior and children’s groups in the city.
“Neil has been a genuine community partner, giving of his time, money and team to make ShopRite an essential part of the city of Newark before the cash register even rings up the first dollar. We know that is indicative of who Neil is and what we can expect from this fantastic supermarket in our city. It’s also a prime example of how businesses should operate in communities,” added the councilwoman.
To mark the grand opening, the Greenstein family made a special donation today to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The family was also joined by Newark school children for the unveiling of a special in-store mural painted by Newark students and coordinated by the Barat foundation, a local non-profit organization.
At 70,000 square feet, the full service ShopRite of Newark offers a broad array of groceries and fresh produce along with hallmark store features and services ShopRite customers have come to expect. The new store will include a butcher shop cutting meat to order; from-scratch fresh bake shop offering store made bread, cakes and pastries; and seafood and produce departments stocking fresh deliveries daily, along with a floral department and pharmacy.
The ShopRite of Newark will also offer a Halal department and a wide selection of freshly prepared meals including ShopRite Kitchen entrees, sides and soups that customers can take home or enjoy at the in-store café. An on-site dietitian will be available to offer free, one-on-one consultations, store tours or meal planning to customers, and the convenient online ShopRite from Home® service will also be available to customers. ShopRite associates personally shop those online grocery orders and customers can pick up their groceries in-store or have them delivered to their homes.
“The opening of this Shoprite signifies a major victory for the residents of Newark, as a once-underutilized parcel of land in University Heights has been transformed into a much needed mixed-use development, anchored by a state-of-the art grocery store,” said Richard Tucker, president and CEO of Tucker Development. “With the remaining retail and residential components of Springfield Avenue Marketplace nearing completion, we’re only months away from fully realizing our vision of creating one of Newark’s most exciting live-dine-shop developments.”
“This project is a great example of public and private partners coming together to meet the needs of the community,” added Neil Greenstein. “We are so grateful to the leadership of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark City Council in helping us bring this ShopRite supermarket to Newark.”Related Articles: