Subscribe to On the Issues. May 8, 2017
State Senator Vincent Hughes: On the Issues Facebook Twitter

Senator Hughes and Secretary Davin $3 MILLION Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant to Brown’s Super Stores

Senator Hughes and Secretary Davin $3 MILLION Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant to Brown’s Super Stores

Success Story! Jobs, Community Revitalization and Fresh Food Come Back to the Neighborhood

The Fresh Grocer supermarket in Wynnfield Heights — the site of the former Pathmark — represents a success story in a community that briefly lost their local supermarket.

In the past few years, our region experienced the closure of numerous supermarkets, including the former Pathmark. The closures cost thousands of jobs and created “food deserts” in communities that could not afford to lose their grocery stores.

Senator HughesResponding to this crisis, in 2015 Brown’s Super Stores President and CEO Jeffrey Brown and I met with Dennis Davin, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), as well as City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.

Brown’s Super Stores successfully applied for several grants, including a DCED Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to support the $20 million project to transform the former Pathmark building into a Fresh Grocer.

We broke ground on the project last August and Fresh Grocer opened in March. Last week celebrated the $3 million RACP grant.

Investing in this type of project creates hundreds of good jobs, ensures access to fresh, quality food, attracts other businesses into the community and helps to bring a diverse community together. This is an investment that will pay off for many years to come.

Senator Hughes Senator Hughes

Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

By Maanvi Singht | May 14, 2015

When Jeff Brown opened his first grocery store in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia back in 2004, it seemed like a long shot.

Most people thought he was crazy to even attempt to make money in a food desert like Southwest Philly, he says. Other grocers had tried and quickly gone out of business.

But Brown – a fourth generation grocer whose company, Brown's Super Stores, is part of the larger ShopRite franchise — tried a different approach: "Before we did anything, we brought together a group of community leaders, and we just asked them to tell us exactly what it is they were looking for in a neighborhood grocery store," he tells The Salt.

Continue at NPR »

New Fresh Grocer Coming to Philly

By NBC 10 | August 30, 2016

Continue at NBC 10 »

New Fresh Grocer Store Opens in Wynnefield Heights

By Ayana Jones | March 3, 2017

Business leaders, clergy members, politicians and community residents turned out Thursday morning for the grand opening of a Fresh Grocer supermarket in the Wynnefield Heights neighborhood.

The 55,000-square-foot supermarket, operated by Brown’s Super Stores Inc., anchors a shopping center at the intersection of Monument Road and Conshohocken Avenue. A Pathmark supermarket was the prior occupant.

After an extensive renovation, the new Fresh Grocer has 240 employees and blends natural, organic and kosher foods as well as a beer and wine department into its offerings.

Continue at The Philadelphia Tribune »

Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579
New Fresh Grocer Coming to Philly