NEW BRITAIN – America’s Food Basket has begun advertising its new Allen Street supermarket, but its corporate office hasn’t confirmed the date it will open to customers. A ribbon-cutting has been set for early April.
A full-page ad in Sunday’s Herald, printed in both English and Spanish, bills the store as “the most complete supermarket in the area” and details its departments with photos of several brand name products, including canned goods, diapers, juices, seasonings and beer. The city location will comprise, in part, a deli, a seafood market, meat, produce, dairy and frozen foods.
The ad notes the store will debut in the spring.
A ribbon-cutting with city officials slated for Thursday was rescheduled earlier this month. The event was to have signaled the grand opening of the long-awaited grocery store, two weeks after what would have been a soft opening. Company representatives are now expected to welcome city officials, including Mayor Erin Stewart, for a ribbon-cutting during the first or second week of April.
Interior construction on the roughly 22,000-square-foot building has continued since work began in earnest last year, though some unexpected issues have reportedly arisen with physical work and internal setup. Crews have been assembling and installing shelving, coolers and other equipment for several months.
Construction delays have been blamed for the rescheduled opening date since last summer. The store was on track to have opened last year around Labor Day before the company pushed back plans to Thanksgiving week and then mid-January. The two most recent target dates for a grand opening and ribbon cutting were tentative for this month.
The parent company of America’s Food Basket first announced plans for the Four Star Plaza store in 2013. Former president and chief executive officer Daniel Cabassa last year attributed the nearly three-year delay on having to hit the reset button with new contractors on several occasions.
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