ShopRite will open its largest store in the region this Sunday.
The fourth local store for the supermarket chain will open at 1730 Central Ave. in Colonie to shoppers at 7 a.m. The store occupies 70,000 square feet and features a bake shop, prepared foods, salad bars, full-service floral department, pharmacy, pick-up grocery service and an on-site dietitian. And for the tech-savvy, there’s even a Wi-Fi lounge.
Store officials will open the store briefly Friday to provide a preview and tour to media. After Sunday’s public opening, store and local elected officials — including Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and Village of Colonie Mayor Frank Leak — will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.
“This new store represents the best ShopRite has to offer and I’m delighted that ShopRite of Colonie … will bring our signature brand of products and services to thousands of new customers and allow them to enjoy a shopping experience unlike anywhere else,” said ShopRite Supermarkets Inc. President and COO Dave Figurelli in a news release.
In addition to locally sourced products, the store will offer international foods, natural and organic products in every department, a gourmet coffee bar, a Mediterranean olive bar, and Japanese and Chinese specialties for dining in or taking out that includes freshly made sushi.
The Colonie store uses energy-saving refrigeration technologies and environmentally friendly LED and T-8 lighting systems.
It will also offer the company’s “ShopRite from Home” program, a service that allows customers to choose items online and have them ready for pickup at the store.
In 2011, the Wakefern Food Corp.-owned supermarket chain opened its first store in the region since the 1980s in Niskayuna. Since then, it’s opened stores in Albany and Slingerlands, creating a grocery war-like atmosphere in a region already home to Hannaford and Price Chopper stores, and in the past year has welcomed a Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s and will soon see an all-grocery Walmart store.
At the very least, food lovers are happy. With each grand opening, traffic snarls and long lines snake around parking lots. It remains to be seen if Sunday’s opening will create a similar frenzy.