Jerry Golub, president and chief executive officer of Price Chopper Supermarkets, said the store currently being constructed at Shoppers Square will be “perfect” for the city of Little Falls.
“We love small communities like Little Falls, that's where we came from,” said Golub, referring to Schenectady. Golub spoke with media following a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site at 55 East Main Street on Friday.
In March, the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency supported the $6.5 million project, which will include a modern, 30,500 square-foot Price Chopper. Through an agreement with the IDA, Price Chopper Operating Company will receive $320,287 in financial assistance in the form of an 8.25 percent sales tax exemption for the project.
The project is expected to create 20 full-time and 90 part-time jobs. The new supermarket is expected to have a selection of fresh produce, meat, seafood, deli, dairy, frozen food and grocery products. Golub said they will provide customers with a selection of high quality products.
“We'll provide an experience we think people will enjoy,” he said.
Several small stores were located at the site in Shoppers Square before it was demolished this past spring. All but one relocated to different parts of the city. The Big M that was located there closed its doors in December 2012.
Construction was delayed after crews ran into problems with the rock discovered at the site. Development at the site has progressed over the past month, including the installation of sidewalks along East Main Street and cement walls at either side of the site.
Several construction vehicles were operating at the site at the time of the groundbreaking, which continued to excavate the area.
The project was originally scheduled to be completed this fall. Golub said they now hope to have the new shopping center open in June.
Price Chopper Supermarkets has 132 grocery stores in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont.