After years of searching, Secaucus has secured a new supermarket, Metropolitan Citymarket, for the Xchange development at Secaucus Junction.
"The town obviously has been trying to get a supermarket since the Stop & Shop closed," said Mayor Michael Gonnelli. Residents have wanted a local grocery store since the closings of Stop & Shop at Mill Creek Mall in 2008 and Acme in the town center in 2004.
This will be the second Metropolitan Citymarket in NJ, which has multiple locations in New York City, and opens a location in Bergen County's Leonia on June 28.
Gonnelli said that through the years a number of major chains had backed out because of the location, population size, and competition with Walmart, but Metropolitian CityMarket represents a different type of offering as a smaller full-service supermarket with prices comparable to Shoprite and Foodtown. The market also offers natural, organic, and ethnic foods.
Officials said the new supermarket will be open in the fall around September or October after an internal build out. The new store will occupy a retail space that measures approximately 9,000 to 10,000 square feet in size. White Rose Dairy, an independent wholesale food distributor in the New York City and New Jersey metropolitan areas, is affiliated with the supermarket chain. The company supplies grocery, dairy and frozen food products that are sold and has distribution centers located in Carteret and Avenel. In 2006 Associated Wholesalers, Inc. acquired White Rose.
For more on this story, check out this weekend's Secaucus Reporter. -- Adriana Rambay Fernandez