Hundreds of shoppers eagerly waited in line for the grand opening Wednesday of a grocery store in South Shore, a neighborhood without one for more than six years.
Vanessa Jarvis, who stood outside in freezing temperatures for more than three hours, saw the opening of Local Market as a historic moment.
“We haven’t had a store in our community for six years,” Jarvis said. “This is a fantastic achievement to have a supermarket back in our community.”
Local Market, 7131 S. Jeffery Blvd., replaces the long-vacant building that once was a Dominick’s. The new supermarket offered the first 500 customers a free bag of groceries as a promotion.
Jarvis said the grocery will be an immediate benefit to the neighborhood. She, like many other South Shore residents, had to travel well outside the community for groceries after Dominick’s closed in 2013. Jarvis said she had to take several buses just to get to a single grocery store.