Salem’s chosen from among four contestants for talks on former Shop ‘n Save site

by Rich Lord, PublicSource

Salem’s Market & Grill will get a shot at negotiating a lease for a key spot in the Hill District, Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration has announced.

Salem’s won out over three competitors for first dibs on the former Shop ‘n Save site in the Centre Heldman Plaza, which is owned by the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. The contestants made their pitches to the neighborhood in September, in a virtual meeting. In a subsequent online poll by the Hill Community Development Corp., Salem’s was the first choice of 47.5% of respondents, and the second choice of 28%.

In a press release, the mayor’s office highlighted the vote, Salem’s plan to collaborate with the neighborhood and its status as a four-decade-old local and minority-owned business as factors in its selection.

“Salem’s has a proven record for providing high quality food and products and supporting our minority communities,” Peduto said in the release.

Shop ‘n Save operated in the 30,000-square-foot site from 2013 until it closed in 2019.

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