Salem's Market gets final nod for new Hill District grocery

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11 October, 2021 - 03:20pm

After years of not having a grocery store, Hill District residents will soon be able to browse the aisles of the locally owned Salem’s Market & Grill when it takes over the former Shop‘n Save site that has been empty since 2019.

The city chose Salem’s to open a full-service grocery store at the Centre Heldman Plaza from among four finalists.

Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday announced the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority will enter lease negotiations with family-operated Salem’s, which was chosen following a community process coordinated with City Councilman Daniel Lavelle and the Hill Community Development Corporation.

“Salem’s has a proven record for providing high-quality food and products and supporting our minority communities,” Mr. Peduto said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with them on this expansion project.”

The URA facilitated for residents presentations from four potential grocers in September, including from Family Tree Food Company, Pierre Development and Fresh International Market. Residents then had until the end of the month to rate the presentations.

In the end, it was Abdullah Salem, who grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Schenley High School, who won.

Mr. Salem has operated his location on Penn Avenue for 40 years.

He promises to bring to the Hill District a location where patrons can buy fresh produce, meats and household products; host a job fair to hire between 50 and 75 local workers as well as offering a butcher and chef training program; work with local vendors and contractors, including minority-owned businesses; and attract shoppers from outside the Hill District to visit the Centre Avenue corridor, according to the city’s announcement.

Mr. Lavelle, who represents the neighborhood, said he agrees the shop will become an attraction.

“Salem's Market locating to the Hill District is a tremendous win both for Salem's and the Hill District community,” he said in a press release. “It affords Salem's the ability to grow and expand, while providing the community with a much-needed grocery store and restaurant. What's more, given Salem's well established customer base, the new grocery store and restaurant will bring considerable foot traffic to Centre Avenue, which will help support efforts underway to build back Centre Avenue as a business corridor.”

Mr. Lavelle sits on the board of the URA, which owns the shopping plaza.

URA Executive Director Diamonte Walker said the agency purchased the plaza “to ensure there is a transparent conversation about which grocery store would best fit the needs of the Hill District community.”

The authority also says it worked with the community to attract other local tenants, including CARES CommuniTEA Cafe, Catapult Minority Business Incubator and G’s Closet.

Mr. Salem and other Market & Grill staff could not be immediately reached.

First Published October 11, 2021, 8:20pm

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Salem's Market to open grocery store at former Shop ′n Save site in Pittsburgh's Hill District

TribLIVE 12 October, 2021 - 08:00am

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A new grocery store has been chosen for the former Shop ′n Save site at the Hill District’s Centre Heldman Plaza, according to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

The URA said it will enter into lease negotiations with Salem’s Market & Grill, a locally owned, family-run grocery store.

This comes after Shop ′n Save in 2019 closed their location in the plaza, much to the dismay of many residents who were left with no grocery store in their neighborhood. The URA bought the complex later that year.

The URA opted for Salem’s Market after a community process coordinated with City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle and the Hill Community Development Corporation. Interested grocery stores submitted applications to be considered for the vacant grocery store site. Residents shared their views and preferences by filling out an online scorecard for each of four finalists.

Salem’s received the highest ratings from the community, the URA said.

“Salem’s has a proven record for providing high quality food and products and supporting our minority communities. We look forward to working with them on this expansion project,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

Salem’s, a minority-run business, has been in operation for more than 40 years, with their original store located on Penn Avenue in the Strip District.

“Salem’s Market locating to the Hill District is a tremendous win both for Salem’s and the Hill District community,” Lavelle said. “It affords Salem’s the ability to grow and expand, while providing the community with a much-needed grocery store and restaurant. What’s more, given Salem’s well-established customer base, the new grocery store and restaurant will bring considerable foot traffic to Centre Avenue, which will help support efforts underway to build back Centre Avenue as a business corridor.”

The store plans to stock fresh produce, meat and seafood, along with international foods, household items, baby supplies, pharmacy and beauty products, prepared foods and more.

The company will host a career fair to hire 50 to 70 people in the neighborhood. It plans to offer a butcher and chef training program.

Salem’s also has committed to dedicating retail space for products from local vendors, hiring local trade contractors and minority-owned businesses for construction and partnering with local community organizations to develop entrepreneurial programming that helps start, support and grow local businesses.

“The URA purchased the Centre Heldman Plaza to ensure there is a transparent conversation about which grocery store would best fit the needs of the Hill District community,” URA Deputy Executive Director Diamonte Walker said.

The URA — along with Lavelle and other city officials — has worked with the community to attract other tenants to the plaza, including CARES CommuniTEA Cafe, Catapult Minority Business Incubator and G’s Closet.

Julia Felton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, jfelton@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Salem's Market Selected To Open Hill District Grocery Store

CBS Pittsburgh 11 October, 2021 - 10:02pm

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People in the Hill District will soon have a new place to get their groceries.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority says that locally-owned Salem’s Market and Grill will open at the former Shop ‘n Save location at the Centre Heldman Plaza in the Hill District.

The Hill Community Development Corporation says several applications were submitted.

Salem’s Market received the highest rating from the community

The company plans to host a career fair to bring around 50 to 75 people on board.

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Salem's Market chosen to open new grocery store in Hill District

WTAE Pittsburgh 11 October, 2021 - 02:10pm

Salem's Market would move into the space formerly occupied by Shop 'n Save on Centre Avenue in the Hill District.

Salem's Market would move into the space formerly occupied by Shop 'n Save on Centre Avenue in the Hill District.

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Salem's Market would move into the space formerly occupied by Shop 'n Save on Centre Avenue in the Hill District.

Salem's Market and Grill has been chosen to open a grocery store at the former Shop 'n Save site in Pittsburgh's Hill District, the city announced Monday.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority selected Salem's from a field of contenders for the vacant space in the Centre Heldman Plaza. The proposals were posted online and discussed at a community meeting that solicited feedback from residents.

Mayor Bill Peduto's office said the URA will now begin lease negotiations with Salem's, which currently operates a market and restaurant on Penn Avenue in the Strip District.

The Hill District Shop 'n Save store closed in March 2019.

"Salem's Market locating to the Hill District is a tremendous win both for Salem's and the Hill District community," City Councilman Daniel Lavelle said in a statement. "It affords Salem's the ability to grow and expand, while providing the community with a much-needed grocery store and restaurant. What's more, given Salem's well established customer base, the new grocery store and restaurant will bring considerable foot traffic to Centre Avenue, which will help support efforts underway to build back Centre Avenue as a business corridor."

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