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Shoppers flock to Niskayuna’s newest store

ShopRite opening draws crowds to former St. James Square

Augie Reyes, director of deli and prepared foods for ShopRite, poses next to the log of provolone cheese hanging in the new supermarket in Niskayuna.

Augie Reyes, director of deli and prepared foods for ShopRite, poses next to the log of provolone cheese hanging in the new supermarket in Niskayuna. Photo by John Purcell.

— It is hard to miss the huge cheese log dangling next the cheese department, which is around 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

“It took 12 of us to actually get it up there,” Reyes said. “What we’re going to be doing eventually is … guess the weight contests, so all the customers can come and try to guess the weight. We’re offering different types of prizes.”

Visiting the grill station, customers will be able to order a variety of cook-to-order selections and two Culinary Institute of America graduates were hired to serve up breakfast, lunch or dinner.

ShopRite also has its own fishery staffed with onsite U.S. Department of Commerce inspectors to ensure the quality of the seafood, which allows the supermarket to accommodate special orders to fulfill unique seafood requests.

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