ESD Announces Grand Opening of New Price Rite Store on Syracuse's South Side

New Store Will Provide Affordable Products to Underserved Neighborhood; Create 100 New Jobs

Investment Complements “Central NY Rising” – Region’s Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative Blueprint to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of the new Price Rite Supermarket on the south side of Syracuse, Onondaga County. The 35,000 square-foot store on South Avenue will provide fresh and affordable groceries to the currently underserved neighborhood, while creating more than 100 new full-and-part-time jobs. The project supports the region’s anti-poverty initiative included in the CNY Rising economic revitalization plan.

“All New Yorkers deserve to have access to high-quality, affordable food and fresh produce and Price Rite’s new supermarket will help to ensure access for Syracuse’s south side community,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Projects like these are helping to fight poverty by generating new jobs and opportunities, and are a key component of the Central NY rising plan that is helping Governor Cuomo and our local partners move the region forward.”

For years, state and local leaders have sought to attract a grocery store that will build in the South Side neighborhood, which has a high concentration of poverty and, because of its lack of grocery stores, is considered a “food desert.” The new store, located at the corner of South and Bellevue Avenues, will address this important issue by helping to ensure that local residents, many of whom do not have access to personal transportation, have a grocery store within walking distance of their homes.

Neil Duffy, president of Price Rite said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Syracuse store on South Avenue, and we are privileged to be part of this community and all the great new development that is happening along the southwest corridor. Local residents have been waiting for a supermarket for a long time, and we look forward to becoming a vital part of the community and being a good neighbor while providing local shoppers with the outstanding customer service, variety, value and low prices that Price Rite is known for. Our operation is driven by the philosophy that customers should not have to sacrifice quality to save on price, and we are excited to deliver on that promise.”

The $3.9 million project included demolition work on the former Loblaws’ site and the construction of the 35,000 square-foot store. This is Price Rite’s second store located in the Syracuse area; another store is located on Teall Avenue at Erie Boulevard East.

To encourage the Price Rite to build and operate a new grocery store on the South Side of Syracuse, Empire State Development has offered up to $1.2 million in incentives that are tied to job creation commitments, including 100 new full-and-part-time jobs at the location. Additionally, Onondaga County helped bring the project to fruition.

Central New York REDC Co-Chairs Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, President of SUNY Upstate Medical University said, "Poverty reduction remains a top priority of the  CNYREDC. We are grateful to the Governor for his continued support in the effort to identify concrete ways to help in this endeavor such as making sure those who are facing hardship have access to quality, affordable food. Together, we will continue to work to combat the unacceptable levels of poverty effecting families in our community."

Wakefern is the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative and is comprised of 50 member companies who own and operate retail supermarkets under the Price Rite, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer banners. With retail locations in nine states, the Wakefern cooperative reaches into the New York , New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia markets. Wakefern’s portfolio of services, including innovative technology, private label development, and best-in-class procurement practices.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “With the opening of the new Price Rite here in South Syracuse, we increase accessibility to affordable and nutritional food to Onondaga residents in this neighborhood while also creating jobs for the region. This area will shake its reputation of “food desert,” allowing families without access to transportation to walk to purchase their groceries. I look forward to seeing this region thrive with the addition of this new store.”

State Senator David Valesky said, "The opening of the new Price Rite will dramatically increase the quality of life for the residents living in South Syracuse who for years have had no other options. Today's opening not only brings fresh food and more choices to an underserved neighborhood but also provides jobs to boost the local economy."

Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter said, "Together, the Governor and the Legislature continue to promote job growth and improved quality of life throughout Central New York. By expanding into Syracuse's south side, Price Rite is bringing new jobs and access to quality food to an area that badly needs it because of the food desert that existed for far too long. I thank the company and my partners in government for their commitment."

For more information about Wakefern Food Corporation and Price Rite click here.

Accelerating Central NY Rising

Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.​


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