The newest addition to Niskayuna’s grocery scene opened on Friday morning, about six months after ground was broken on the project.
The new Walmart Neighborhood Market, the first such store for upstate New York, not only provides a new grocery option for shoppers in the area but also provides the anchor for the years-in-the-making Mansion Square project.
The Niskayuna market is about a quarter of the size of Walmart’s traditional supercenters. There is also limited general merchandise, like health and beauty products. The store also has a pharmacy.
It is located along State Street in the Mansion Square development, near Balltown Road and the Schenectady city line.
The store opened Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attending the ceremony was Chuck Steiner, president and CEO of the Chamber of Schenectady County.
Steiner later said the new market helps with jobs, and provides consumers with another place to go. The new store employs up to 95 people in full- and part-time positions.
Steiner also noted that the project shows another investment in Schenectady County.
“We’re very, very pleased that they’re participating in the community, engaging the community, hiring people,” Steiner said. “It’s another step in the ever-developing Schenectady County.”
The project was announced in August 2012, with the ground-breaking in April.
There are about 300 of the neighborhood markets nationwide. The Niskayuna store was the first announced in New York state.
The Niskayuna store opens in a community that has seen a boom in grocery shopping options in the past two years. Niskayuna already had the long-established Price Chopper across Balltown Road at Mohawk Commons, a Hannaford at Balltown and Consaul roads and the Niskayuna Co-op three miles up Balltown Road, on Nott Street.
In 2011, Shop-Rite opened a supermarket in the former St. James Square on Balltown Road, near the co-op. Around that same time, Target added grocery options to its long-established store near the Price Chopper at Mohawk Commons.