New ShopRite opens, owners donate to food bank

Nutrition in the community: The Ammons family and ShopRite associates present a check for $10,000 to Philabundance Food Bank Feb. 28. SOURCE: SHOPRITE

A new ShopRite store opened on Sunday at 5597 Tulip St.

The store is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison is being operated by the Ammons family, who also own the ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue and a store in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.

To mark the opening, the Ammons family presented a $10,000 donation to the Philabundance Food Bank during a community luncheon.

Peter Ammons talks to store associates and community leaders at the new ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison. SOURCE: SHOPRITE

The store will serve as the anchor of the Shoppes at Wissinoming. It was planned five years ago, before the city’s beverage tax was proposed by Mayor Jim Kenney and enacted in January 2017. That tax has led to beverage sale losses of nearly 60 percent for grocery store and supermarket operators in the city.

“Despite the challenging business climate in the city since the beverage tax was implemented, our family made a decision to move forward with this new store and keep our commitment to the community. We are excited to open another great ShopRite and are confident that this new, full-service supermarket will become a destination location in the neighborhood,” said Peter Ammons, who works alongside his father, brother and sister in the family’s supermarkets.

ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison employs close to 300 full- and part-time workers. ••