A local grocery chain and a Philadelphia-based nonprofit have opened a ShopRite in Parkville and are employing hundreds of local residents who had been jobless, the grocery store's owner said.
"The community has been very positive about the store and about revitalizing an area of Baltimore County that has been underserved," Marshall Klein, chief operating officer of Klein's ShopRite of Maryland, said by phone Tuesday.
"We gutted the entire store and made an entirely new store inside that shell," said Sandy Brown, a spokeswoman and store designer for UpLift Solutions Inc., which focuses on bringing fresh food to urban communities. The renovations began in January.
Klein's will manage the store's daily operations and UpLift — which has worked with other ShopRites on the East Coast — will assist with community relations, she said.
About 230 people were hired to work at the store, Klein said. Most of the new hires are residents of neighborhoods surrounding the store and had been unemployed, he said.
"It's very important to us to hire from the local communities," Klein said.
Klein's operates seven other ShopRite stores in Harford and Baltimore counties. It is expected to open its first store in Baltimore in about a year.
The Baltimore store, also a collaboration between Klein's and UpLift, will be in the Howard Park neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. It is being built on the site of a former Super Pride grocery store that closed more than a decade ago and was demolished last year.
The Howard Park store was scheduled to open in early 2013, but construction has been delayed by about six months because of environmental cleanup that must be done at the site.
More than 200 people are expected to be hired to staff the Howard Park store, Klein's has said.