By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — After patiently waiting, excited customers are finally able to shop at Clifton Park’s new Market 32.
The grocery store officially opened its doors on Tuesday morning. Around 7:30 a.m., shoppers were already milling around outside, waiting to commence their grocery shopping.
Construction of the new store began in November. It was the first Market 32 in the area to be built from the ground up.
“Market 32 is a contemporary, food-focused store that reflects what our customers have told us they want in a modern and convenient shopping experience,” Golub Corp. president and CEO Scott Grimmett said in a statement.
The store is located at the corner of Route 146 and Vischer Ferry Road. At 52,400 square feet, the new store is twice the size of the old Price Chopper that was formerly located on the lot. That store closed in early March.
The new Clifton Park store is the fifteenth Market 32 store to open since the company announced its plans to redevelop its brand, and is the second Market 32 in town.
Edward Gendron, store manager, said that customers so far seemed to be excited about the newer, more modern store, which was what they had asked for. The new store features sections that the old Price Chopper did not have, such as a fresh fish section and specialized olive oil section.
“The community was looking for a newer store. So we ended up demolishing the old store, building this new Market 32 with a state-of-the-art Starbucks, a restaurant-style food fare department, exotic produce, a lot of organic produce that we did not have in the older store, and fresh seafood, which we did not have in our last store. It’s turned out just wonderful.”
The new Market 32 also more than doubled its employee count, said Gendron. The old Price Chopper employed about 50 people, he said. The new store has about 160 employees, both part time and full time. Gendron noted that the new store was able to give many local high students a first-time job as well.
“Everyone’s so excited,” he said.
The store was already busy on Tuesday morning, and Gendron said that he only expects the store to see more and more traffic over the next week leading up to the July 4 holiday.
“This Saturday and Sunday, we expect it to be mobbed,” he said.