Pa Sen. Wayne Fontana announced today that an IGA grocery store plans to locate in a vacant grocery storefront that has been the subject of community meetings and politics in the city's Beechview neighborhood.
From the senator's office:
At a community meeting this evening in Beechview, State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) will announe that an agreement has been reached with IGA for a new grocery store in the neighborhood. The Senator will be jointed at the announcement by representatives of the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Wayne Hancock, who will be the operator of the IGA.
“I am thrilled that we were able to secure IGA’s commitment to come to Beechview,” Fontana said. “I have enjoyed talking with Mr. Hancock about the opportunities and am certain Beechview residents will be impressed with IGA’s commitment to the store and to the neighborhood.
“Beechview deserves a high-quality, full-service store and IGA provides a warm welcome from friendly, knowledgeable associates, great service, a quick response, and is locally-owned by people who have the best interests of our community at heart.”
Mayor Ravenstahl also expressed his pleasure at getting this commitment, "Together, with the hard work of the URA and Senator Fontana, we are building strong partnerships to ensure that Beechview continues to grow," Ravenstahl said.
"Neighborhood grocery stores serve as an anchor for future growth and today's announcement brings us closer to our goal of reestablishing Beechview’s business district.”
The Beechview Community Meeting, will be held at St. Catherine’s McCann Hall on Broadway Avenue, and is open to the public, where they will hear from the Senator, the URA, and Mr. Hancock. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
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