Fresh food and a possible 200 jobs brought to the core- that's what is anticipated as Nation's Fresh Foods will open in Jackson Square next spring. The new grocery store will be located in the west end of the mall, near Bay and Market Streets. Jackson square elevators will be revamped with new elevators that will allow grocery carts to be taken to the parking lot. (see Spec story here, or purchase the print version)
A full service grocery store with an emphasis on ethnic foods, the installation will fill a gap that has long been flagged in around the core.
In a release on his blog, the Mayor stated:
The long awaited, and much anticipated, downtown core grocery store is about to become a reality in Jackson Square. I was delighted to receive notice of the signing of the deal that will bring an exciting new full service supermarket operation to augment the Farmer’s Market and other food specialty shops in the area.
There have been a number of such proposals over the past year, and we may well see others established downtown. From my perspective as Mayor, this is great news beyond just the provision of a much needed service to residents and workers in our downtown. Decisions like this are not made lightly. Our downtown has passed a major test in terms of this investment because we have overcome the detriments of the past such as insufficient customer base, lack of consumer purchasing power, and perceptions of insecurity.
New residential units are being built at several locations; average income has been increasing along with jobs and currently we have about 23,000 people working in the core; and Chief Decaire’s policing initiatives including the Action Team have made residents feel more comfortable visiting our downtown. I live downtown, and most of us who do, will tell you that it is not unsafe or uncomfortable. In fact, this past Hallowe’en we had 150 children stop at our house for treats. They’ll soon have another store to shop for those treats and all their grocery needs. My thanks to our new business owners for showing confidence in Hamilton and giving us what I’m sure residents will discover an exciting new food shopping experience.
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