Bottom Dollar Food opened a new supermarket Thursday in Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood, filling a void that had rendered the community a food desert for some 15 years.
The store, built partly with municipal subsidies, opened at 8 a.m. at 31st Street and Girard Avenue, after a ceremony that featured the chain's president, Meg Ham, and local elected officials.
The 18,000-square-foot store is the latest to debut across Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Bottom Dollar's inaugural markets. Ham said the grocer planned to move forward next with a store at Washington Lane and Chew Avenue in the city's Germantown section. - Maria Panaritis