PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For several years, with no walking distance between residents and the grocery store, the Hill District was considered a food wasteland, but on Thursday the URA board approved a loan of $1.3 million to expand Salem’s Market and Grill.
Expenses covered by the loan and financing include tenant improvements, equipment, inventory, working capital and other operating costs. This will allow the small minority-owned business to grow into a full-scale grocery store in the former Shop ‘n Save building on Center Avenue and help meet the critical needs of Hill residents for better access to fresh and healthy food.
The project is also expected to generate more than 62 well-paying full-time jobs as well as some part-time jobs.
Salem’s, which is currently located in the Strip District, was selected for the loan based on community scorecards.
The opening date for the new site has been pushed back to next year due to supply chain issues, pushing the project back 15 to 20 weeks. Salem’s says it will continue to engage with the community for the time being.