Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Compare supermarket on Freedom Drive

A new Compare Foods supermarket will open in west Charlotte this fall, bringing a new grocer to Freedom Drive.

The New York-based independent chain recently closed its store on Independence Boulevard, which was torn down to facilitate the slow-moving project to widen the road into an expressway. The Freedom Drive store, in the shopping center anchored by a Super K-Mart, will be the grocer's fifth location in Charlotte.

"That's an area we've been looking at probably for about 2 1/2 or 3 years," said Compare general manager Omar Jorge. "Freedom Drive is a main thoroughfare, it's got a lot of traffic, it seems to be an area that's revitalizing itself."

Compare will be going up against other off-price food retailers nearby, including Save-A-Lot, Aldi and Family Dollar. "We can compete with the stores that are already there," said Jorge.

The new Compare will be 22,500 square feet. Jorge said they are hoping to open the store this fall, but are still waiting  for permits to continue renovating the building.

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MW said...

I miss Shiny Imports.

Anonymous said...

First robbery within a month of opening? There's another police officer we have to pay for to just stand by the doors all night.