Putting an end to Orange residents’ trekking to neighboring towns for certain groceries, ShopRite will open its doors to shoppers on Saturday, October 30 at 8 a.m. at 259 Bull Hill Lane. According to ShopRite owner Harry Garafalo, the new supermarket will feature an expanded hot food department with options to eat-in or take out hot meals. The store, though smaller in size, will be similar to the ShopRite supermarket that opened in Milford last spring.
In addition to the typical offerings of a supermarket, ShopRite will also offer some specialized services. “We’ll have an on-staff dietician who will offer services such as diabetic counseling to customers who need help with food choices,” Garafalo said.
The store will also feature ‘ShopRite from Home,’ an ordering service where orders are placed online, filled in the store and ready for customer pickup at the front of the store. “This is a growing service,” Garafalo says. The Orange store won’t offer delivery since the Garafalos’ Milford store offers delivery to Orange. The family owns six ShopRite stores in Connecticut. The Orange location employs 230 full-and part-time employees. The store has energy efficient LED lighting, brand new fixtures and shelving. “It’s like moving into a brand new house,” Garafalo said.
“Every new store we open, we try to fit in and be part of the community,” he said. “We feel strongly in giving back to the communities where we operate and hold fundraisers such as one that we just had that supported the Fisher House Project in West Haven. We also raised $50,000 for the Get In Touch Foundation for breast cancer in Milford.” In 2015, Garafalo’s five ShopRite stores were the top five winning stores for a national fundraising contest, donating more than $110,000 for the Check Out Hunger Campaign.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent