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New Supermarket Opens its Doors in South Ward Tuesday

Key Food will anchor more retail

Officials including Mayor Cory Booker and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka  attended a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the new Key Food supermarket, located at 531-551 Springfield Ave.

The 12,500-foot store is owned by Aniya Foods, which also operates Key Foods locations in New York. The store anchors a development of other retailers and is expected to provide at least 30 jobs for city residents.

A year ago, the first new supermarket in the Central Ward in two decades opened its doors, another oasis in what has been described as the city’s “food desert.”

The term refers to an area where there's a lack of retailers selling affordable and nutritious foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables.

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