Grocery store going into Storrs Center by 2014
‘Price Chopper’ to feature locally grown produce, bakery, pharmacy
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 00:09
The much-anticipated groundbreaking of a new grocery store in Storrs Center is scheduled to take place during the first week of October, according to a Price Chopper official.
Price Chopper Vice President of Public Relations and Consumer Services Mona Golub said the 32,000 square foot grocery store will feature an in-store bakery, meat shop, seafood department, floral shop, pharmacy, café and much more.
According to Cynthia van Zelm, the executive director of Mansfield Downtown Partnership, the site of the future grocery store is being readied for the foundation.
“That work will continue for another couple of weeks,” van Zelm said. “Our goal is to open in mid-2014.”
Construction of the grocery store faced a hurdle due to necessary approvals required by Mansfield’s Planning and Zoning Committee for a new design.
The original design of the grocery store featured an underground parking garage for customers. After evaluation, this design was reconsidered, van Zelm explained.
“Underground parking is extremely expensive,” said Monica Quigley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Leyland Alliance.
The new grocery store will be like no other with Storrs Center Alliance, Leyland Alliance and Price Chopper collaborating to create a custom-designed supermarket that will match the existing Storrs Center architecture.
“As the developer, we are extremely pleased with the architectural design. We have certain guidelines that must be followed, and they are meeting all of them,” Quigley explained.
Furthermore, the new store is already taking steps to meet the interests and preferences of the surrounding town and University of Connecticut.
“They do want to work with the local area,“ van Zelm said.
According to van Zelm, Price Chopper sent postcards to Mansfield residents a couple of months ago asking what they would like to see in the new store.
The supermarket will feature fresh and healthy foods, natural and organic products and locally produced fruits and vegetables.
To attract more students, the store will also include a large grab-and-go selection.
University of Connecticut students, nonetheless, are already very excited about the new grocery store.
“It would be nice to get larger quantities of food for less,” said Motun Bolumole, a 7th-semester political science major. “There aren’t many options here, and they’re kind of pricey.”
Currently, the closest grocery store for UConn students is about six miles away.
The new supermarket will help fulfill the needs of local residents, UConn students, and visitors, Quigley explained.
“We feel like Price Chopper is providing a very excellent service,” Quigley said. It completes our vision of a walkable community and a downtown that has all the components people look for.”