The eagerness of the shoppers was matched by the enthusiasm from local officials, including Belleville Council and school board members as well as State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz.
“It brings vitality to this area of town,” Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble said. “We’ve been waiting two years for the store to open. There were long negotiations but they’ve finally come to fruition and it’s going to create more jobs for the town of Belleville.”
ShopRite parent company Wakefern estimated that the 726 Washington Ave. location brings 270 jobs into the community.
In addition to groceries and produce, this store features a pharmacy, a bakeshop with a pastry chef, butcher services as well as flowers and seafood.
The LoCurcio and Infusino families, who have run the Nutley ShopRite since 1932, are managing the new 60,000 square foot ShopRite at 726 Washington Avenue. They said they were happy to hop the border from Nutley to Belleville with their new location.
“We are very excited to bring our long history of outstanding customer service to our new neighbors in Belleville and look forward to expanding upon the traditional low prices and services that Shop Rite has always been famous for,” Vincent LoCurcio, vice president of The ShopRite of Nutley, said in an email. “Our families are dedicated and committed to supporting our customers, associates and neighbors. We live here, we work here and we give here.”