ST. GEORGE — St. George’s first supermarket opened on Friday — after residents have been clamoring for one for years.
The supermarket features a meat and deli department, fresh produce and free parking for customers.
“This neighborhood deserves a convenient supermarket that offers high quality and low prices,” store owner Mike Said said in a release. “We could not be happier to open our doors and be a part of the community.”
Residents of St. George have complained for years that they lacked a supermarket, and the neighborhood was categorized as a “food desert” by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in 2009, the New York Daily News reported.
"Ask anyone in St. George what they need here most and they'll say, 'a supermarket,'" said Theo Dorian, president of the St. George Civic Association, when the store was originally announced as a Fine Foods in December.
The store opened on Friday at 9 a.m., and as part of the grand opening, the first 200 customers received free movie tickets.