Ron Levick, left, who owns the new Beechview IGA, as well as the IGA in Oakland, gives a mock haircult to grocer Wayne Hancock, who manage the store. The scissors were used in the ribbon-cutting festivities.
State Sen. Wayne Fontana, center, listens to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl talk about the new IGA supermarket.
State Sen. Wayne Fontana tells those at the opening of the new IGA in Beechview that both he and his mother intend shop there.
It took Rodia Branch, of Beechview, just 10 minutes to fill her cart with groceries and head to the checkout lanes.
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak talks about renovatiing and opening the new IGA in Beechview.
By Diana Nelson Jones Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As of today, Beechview residents again have a new full-service supermarket. The new IGA at 1616 Broadway Ave. was flooded with shoppers ahead of the 9 a.m. speeches, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The neighborhood had been without a supermarket for more than a year. The former Foodland closed last summer.
Ron Levick, who owns the IGA in Oakland, which is three years old, joined with grocer Wayne Hancock in establishing the Beechview IGA. With help from the state and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, they have made a $1.5 million investment and hired back 18 former Foodland employees.
"I have been waiting for this," said Rodia Branch, who lives within walking distance. "It looks so nice and everything is fresh."
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.