HUDSON — A new location and new features means a fresh start for ShopRite when it officially opens Sunday in the former Price Chopper store.
ShopRite representatives gave local media a sneak preview Friday of its new supermarket at 351 Fairview Ave., Hudson, ahead of its official grand opening.
The store is almost ready for customers, with some construction remaining to be done.
The new store, which is about 8,000 square feet larger than the Fairview Plaza location — a total of 63,500 square feet — will offer product options the 70 Healy Blvd., Hudson, store did not.
“We are going to have sushi made fresh daily, and that’s new, and a hot Asian food bar,” Store Director Tim Lyons said. “We will also have an expanded offering of cheeses.”
ShopRite announced its move out of Fairview Plaza on Aug. 21 and closed the store in September, after Price Chopper, which announced its departure from the area after 40 years of operation in August, left the building officially Sept. 15.
The fate of the former ShopRite building on Healy Boulevard remains up in the air, but ShopRite Vice President of Operations Thomas Urtz said the company had a lease for the old building and the landlord is looking for another tenant to fill the space.
One of the important new features of the ShopRite, Urtz said, is the pharmacy, which the company is carrying over from Price Chopper with the same staff. The pharmacy opened Oct. 8 despite ongoing renovations.
“One of the most important things, we really felt it was important to keep the pharmacy open,” Urtz said. “We heard from the community how important the pharmacy was and we are excited to continue that.”
The ShopRite also offers a private room for customers in its pharmacy for them to get their flu shots.
ShopRite retained its customer service associates from the old store and added 35 new ones, Lyons said. Some of these employees came from Price Chopper after it closed. ShopRite is still looking to hire more employees.
The store will offer fried fish — something most of the 35 ShopRite stores in New York and New Jersey do not sell, Lyons said.
“We hired the Price Chopper seafood manager to help us with that,” Lyons said.
The store also offers expanded options in nonperishable and perishable foods including organic and gluten-free options. There will also be a seating area with a television where people can eat food prepared in-store, including fried and rotisserie chicken and hot Asian food.
The building is equipped with energy-efficient refrigerators and LED lighting in the parking lot and inside the store, and a larger self-checkout area.
The store will continue to offer shop-from-home services and home delivery, with a delivery area that stretches up to Niverville down through Claverack and Hudson to as far south as Red Hook in Dutchess County. The delivery does not reach east into Chatham, Hillsdale, Austerlitz, Copake and Ancram, but extends west into Catskill, South Cairo and up into Athens and Coxsackie.
The new ShopRite is about a mile north of its Healy Boulevard location, relocating it from the center of Hudson, which could alienate people who used to walk to the previous store, but Lyons said he does not see it as a problem.
“We have people now that this store is closer to,” Lyons said. “It is equal distance depending on where you live. Some people who live here can now walk here. Also, the bus comes out front — the same bus they would use to go to the other store they can take here.”
The store will open at 6 a.m. and close at midnight Monday through Saturday and then open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Sundays.
“ShopRite is known for its variety and its value and we have both in this bigger store,” Lyons said. “We consider our vibrant store to match our vibrant community. The other one was a little dated and now you come in and you get that wow factor.”