The Hill District's long-awaited grocery store, a Shop 'n Save, is officially set to open Oct. 17.
The 29,500-square-foot store on Centre Avenue is being opened in collaboration with the Hill House Economic Development Corp., as part of an effort to bring a supermarket to the neighborhood that has been without easy access to groceries for decades.
"We commend the HHEDC for being a tremendous partner bringing everyone together to make this project come to life," Bob Holmes, area sales director for SuperValu, the Minnesota grocery distributor that supplies Shop 'n Save stores, said in an announcement of the official opening date.
The Hill District store will be independently owned and operated by Jeff Ross, who also has four other Shop 'n Save stores -- two in McKeesport, one in Connellsville and one in Mt. Pleasant.
Development of the store, which is expected to create more than 100 jobs, was funded in part by the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team and the city Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Financing the project has been challenging, forcing delays in getting it open.