The Fresh Grocer, which currently operates seven stores in Philadelphia, Drexel Hill, PA and Wilmington, DE, announced that it has teamed up with the Partnership for a Healthier America and will open five full-service supermarkets in the next five years in underserved communities.
The first of the five stores will open in New Brunswick, NJ next year and is the result of a partnership between The Fresh Grocer, the city of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Development Corp., the New Brunswick Parking Authority and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
A second location is slated to open in 2013 or 2014 in Washington, D.C.
The company is not new to the idea of opening stores in underserved areas. In 2009 The Fresh Grocer opened two stores in Philadelphia, which, according to the company, created more than 400 local jobs and put an end to two of the city’s biggest food deserts.