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Construction begins on Hart's Local Grocers

Rochester Business Journal
May 6, 2014

Hart’s Local Grocers, originally slated to open later this month, will open sometime this summer.

“We eyed an aggressive schedule but remain pleased with the progress of soon bringing a full-service grocery store to downtown Rochester,” said Glenn Kellogg, founder of Hart’s Local Grocers, in a statement. “We anticipate opening this summer and are confident that Hart’s will deliver the great experience that Rochesterians have been waiting for.”

Hart’s was launched early this year by Kellogg, an urban economic planner from Washington, D.C. The grocery is reminiscent of the 1940s neighborhood market called Hart’s, owned by Alfred Hart. More than 30 employees will be hired this spring and summer, with more than 50 new hires by 2015, company officials said.

The 20,000-square-foot space is at 10 Winthrop St. between the Little Theatre and Restaurant 2Vine. The grocery store will be the first to open downtown since the close of the last grocer in Midtown Plaza roughly a decade ago.

The company has interacted with community members through online channels and weekly visits to the Rochester Public Market. Hart’s has 1,553 fans on Facebook and 947 Twitter followers, and more than 650 people have signed up for Hart’s Rewards Cards that will be mailed before the opening, the company reports.

“We’re overwhelmed at the support we’ve seen from the community at every turn,” said Andrew Katz, communications director.

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Jim DeLuca at 2:04:51 AM on 5/7/2014
It is wonderful to add new businesses to the Downtown. Abundance Cooperative Market has been a downtown grocery since 2001. It is OWNED by more than 2000 local cooperators. Sometime this summer, Abundance will complete its one millionth customer transaction....

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