North Philly residents eagerly await grocery opening

    The Girard Coalition has been trying to attract a supermarket to 31st Street and Girard Avenue – a triangular plot of land that’s right in front of a new housing development, and surrounded by blocks of row homes.

    Plot of land at 31st Street and Girard Avenue

    Angel Coleman, Photo Credit: Girard Coalition.
    Angel Coleman, Photo Credit: Girard Coalition.

    Angel Coleman is the Executive Director of the Girard Coalition, which serves Girard Avenue from I-95 to the Zoo. The organization’s been trying to attract a supermarket to 31st Street and Girard Avenue – a triangular plot of land that’s right in front of a new housing development, and surrounded by blocks of row homes.

    What do you think about the Fresh Grocer that’s opening in Progress Plaza?
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    What challenges are there to attracting a supermarket to this spot?
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    Girard Coalition’s been doing a lot to try to attract a supermarket to 31 Street and Girard Avenue, including getting pro-bono design services. How have things been going?
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    With the Fresh Grocer opening on Broad Street, do you think there’s still a need for a grocery store at 31st and Girard?
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