Bottom Dollar Food, a discount supermarket chain based in North Carolina, is opening a dozen new stores in the Pittsburgh area, including two along Route 50.
The grocery chain has plans to open a store in and another supermarket in the Scott Township plaza off Route 50 that currently houses . The grocery stores are expected to open by early 2012.
Other locations for the stores include Castle Shannon, Baldwin, Penn Hills, McKeesport, Butler, Ambridge and Aliquippa.
“Customers will find Bottom Dollar Food unique because we carry private brands and the national brands that matter most, and offer a meaningful, efficient assortment of fresh produce, meat and other products,” company President Meg Ham said. “Additionally, we provide our customers an energetic and lighthearted shopping experience.”
Bottom Dollar opened its first store in High Point, N.C. in 2005 and has quickly expanded to 47 locations. Company officials said they see this as a good opportunity to introduce its brand into the Pittsburgh market. The new stores–along with three more in Youngstown, Ohio–are expected to bring 600 jobs to the region.
“We are very fortunate to have a strong emerging banner that we can continue to grow in new markets,” Ham said. “We have a great work environment and are always looking for talented, energetic people to join our team as we create new jobs in the community.”
Collier Township Manager Sal Sirabella said the announcement is welcome news for this area as Great Southern continues the revitalization that has brought new stores to the shopping center. He hopes adding a grocery store would make it even more attractive for shoppers and new businesses.
I think certainly the group that’s coming into that can be a destination point and revitalize Great Southern Shopping Center,” Sirabella said. “That was the destination for people all over the west and even in the city. It’s gone through some changes and maybe this is a part of the revitalization.”