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Slingerlands ShopRite opens its doors

Grocery store first Vista tenant in business

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks at the Sept. 30 opening of the Slingerlands ShopRite grocery store along with ShopRite and Town of Bethlehem officials.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks at the Sept. 30 opening of the Slingerlands ShopRite grocery store along with ShopRite and Town of Bethlehem officials. Photo by Marcy Velte.

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The large cheese station at the new Slingerlands ShopRite.

— 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.

At the Sunday morning ribbon cutting, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy thanked ShopRite officials for their work in partnering with the community.

McCoy said an estimated $100,000 could be saved through a partnership with the supermarket to help deliver meals to those who usually receive food aid through the county, and two checks were given to both the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York and the Bethlehem Food Pantry. ShopRite and the Capital District Transportation Authority have also paired up to establish a shared use park-and-ride lot for commuters to Vista.

“I think people are going to like having another grocery choice in town, and I hope this is the start of something big with a technology company here soon,” said Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson. “The ultimate goal of Vista to diversify our tax base and help lessen the residential burden is really important, and I’m encouraged by today’s opening.”

Plans to open a fourth Capital District ShopRite in Colonie are expected sometime next year.

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