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PriceRite to Fill Main Street Danbury Vacancy

PriceRite, a relative of Shop Rite and the Wakefern cooperative, will open in the former Waldbaum Food Mart on Danbury's Main Street.

A new grocery store will appear in the former Waldbaum Food Mart location at 35 Main St., sometime in May or June. The new store, PriceRite, is part of the ShopRite, Wakefern cooperative.

"I got countless phone calls from residents to our office in New York. You have to bring in another grocery store," said Dave Brause of Brace Realty, the store owner. The building is about 50 years old, he said, and it has always been a grocery store. First it was Grand Union, then in 2008, it became Waldbaum Food Mart, which closed in 2011. The PriceRite is scheduled to open in May or June 2013. You will kill the neighborhood if it isn't a grocery store, callers told Brause.

The downtown location is central to numerous elderly housing complexes within walking distance, including Kimberly Place, Danbury Commons, Palace View, Bishop Curtis Homes and the Glen in Rogers Park. Danbury and the Housatonic Area Regional Transit organization are running buses from this area to the North Street shopping center for grocery shopping. This service has been running for the last year since A&P filed for bankruptcy and Waldbaum Food Mart closed at 35 Main St.

"This is a big thing for Main Street," said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. "Everyone has been using this location to buy groceries for many, many years."

Andrea Gartner, executive director of City Center Danbury, said in a prepared press release this lease came about by the joint efforts of the landlord, the grocery store company and the city. She said the grocery store is the right fit and she looks forward to working with this team to fill other Main Street vacancies in the future.

Jim Dorey, vice president of merchandising and marketing with PriceRite said the store will employ about 100 people, and the company will spend about $5 million renovating it. He said Shop Rite operates about 250 grocery stores in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PriceRite will open its 50th store later this week. Its locations are in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

The 70 families who own ShopRite stores are the owners of the Wakefern cooperative. PriceRite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern.

"You will find we do offer the lowest prices," said Bill Britton, director of real estate and human resources with Price Rite.

bordwithbs November 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM
A natural fit for CityCenter. Shoprite, and it's owners run a top rate business in Brookfield, and their new venture in Danbury bodes well for Danbury residents. The residents of Danbury will benefit, the city deserves a thumbs up, and all involved, too.
andy November 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The 50th PriceRite store is their newest location opening this Wednesday in District Heights MD, outside of Washington DC. Any community lucky enough to get a PriceRite nearby is very fortunate.
Susan Schiavone November 27, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Wonderful, thanks for the news! I really feel for all the people who are accustomed to walking to pick up their groceries. They will now be able to do that again:)
Dave Bonan November 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Very little walked since there's a bus line, but the city provided thru HarTransit, a weekly shuttle service for the local seniors, etc to get to Stop and Shop. Guess the homeless guy living on the loading dock will have to move. He had a sweet spot with a roof and nice furniture, etc.
nae March 13, 2013 at 02:28 PM
when can we start applying to the store
Steve woody March 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM
When can we apply for jobs can i walk in and get a application because i don't have a computer
Kyle thiede April 01, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I do have a computer,I want to apply.Is there a specific website I can go on to apply for price rite??
Peter Thomas jr May 05, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Can somebody reply to how can we apply at price rite.
Mark Langlois (Editor) May 05, 2013 at 01:30 AM
According to the company's website, the company's online application works best on Windows Internet Explorer 6 or 7. It says if that doesn't work, visit the store's Hiring Center and fill out an application there. The store is scheduled to open this week.
Mark Langlois (Editor) May 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
This is the company's online hiring website. https://hourly.deploy.com/apply/launch/pricerite/
Peter Thomas jr May 05, 2013 at 03:42 AM
What day well it open so I can go fill one out ?
Mark Langlois (Editor) May 05, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Hi Peter, The sign on the store said it would open May 22. A lot of stores open early with a soft opening to give the workers time to learn their jobs before the 'Opening Day' rush. I'd walk by the store between now and then and look. That's what I'll be doing.
Peter Thomas jr May 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
What time this week ?
alton short May 11, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Great
alton short May 11, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Need a store on this side of town.

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