ShopRite Building a Grocery Oasis in the Middle of Camden’s Food Desert

A seldom seen sight in Camden
A seldom seen sight in Camden Photo: Stephen Cummings via Flickr

In terms of urban food deserts, Camden, New Jersey has stood as a veritable Sahara, devoid of a proper supermarket for more than three decades. But that’s all about to change. The Business Journal reports that Blue Bell, Pennsylvania developer Goldenberg Group has announced plans to build a 150,000-square-foot oasis in the form of a shopping center near the intersection of South 17th St. and Admiral Wilson Boulevard, and it will anchored by a 75,000-square-foot ShopRite supermarket. Not only will the grocery store be the first market the impoverished community’s seen in 30 years, its construction will generate upwards of 400 jobs. When completed, it will employ as many as 320 in full-time and part-time positions. Surely this is a sign of better days ahead for Camden. The project is expected to be complete by 2015. [PBJ]