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New Grocery Opens Near Widener Campus

July 8, 2014

??By Maria Klecko ’15

A new grocery store in walking distance of Widener’s campus opened its doors in June. Bottom Dollar Food, Chester’s first for-profit supermarket in the city since 2001, is located at 15th Street and Edgmont Avenue, next to the Widener Partnership Charter School. Widener and Crozer Chester Medical Center, formerly joint owners of the lot where the store is located, agreed to sell the 1.6-acre property to the developer last year to support plans to open the new store.

Bottom Dollar is the second new grocery store in Chester. For a dozen years, residents of the city had been without a grocery store and had few options for fresh and healthy food. That void was filled last September when Philabundance opened Fare and Square, a nonprofit grocery located on the 3100 block of West 9th Street. An award-winning story in the spring 2011 issue of Widener Magazine reported the efforts of a Center for Social Work Education program to create maps documenting the lack of food options in Chester — deemed a “food desert” by the USDA — and develop ways to fill those needs.

The Bottom Dollar’s close proximity to Widener also will mean easy accessibility for students living on or near campus. “Being able to take a walk to this market will be more convenient,” said Veronica Vasquez, a senior psychology major from Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.

Photo by Khalil Williams ’16

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