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Price Rite plans to open grocery store in downtown Utica

By Eric Reinhardt


UTICA, N.Y. — The grocery store Price Rite plans to open a new location at 501 Bleecker St. in downtown Utica.

The company plans to spend “several million dollars” on the project, which will create about 85 full and part-time jobs, the office of Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said in a news release issued Tuesday.

Price Rite expects the store to open by next spring.

“Our administration is working diligently with Price Rite representatives in order to open a new grocery store in downtown,” Palmieri said in the release. “When speaking with current and prospective downtown/Bagg’s Square residents, there is a universal desire to have everyday amenities readily accessible. The opening of a grocery store is a major step forward in our mission to make downtown a fully-fledged neighborhood.”

Price Rite in June made headlines in Syracuse when it announced plans to open a store at 611 South Ave. in Syracuse, expanding on a property that Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. has owned since 2009.

It already operates a store at 1625 Erie Blvd. East in Syracuse.

Price Rite has 62 stores in a footprint that includes New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. 

Keasbey, New Jersey–based Wakefern Food Corp. is the parent company of Price Rite.

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