ShareThis Page

Bottom Dollar marks Homestead opening with community donation

| Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 10:18 a.m.
There were 350 customers in line when the new Bottom Dollar Food store in Homestead celebrated its grand opening Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The first 200 customers received a free bag of groceries.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
There were 350 customers in line when the new Bottom Dollar Food store in Homestead celebrated its grand opening Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The first 200 customers received a free bag of groceries.
Patrons crowd the Homestead Bottom Dollar on its opening day, Aug. 15, 2013. Mayor Betty Esper said it was a convenient location for those who didn’t want to cross the railroad tracks into the Waterfront for groceries.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Patrons crowd the Homestead Bottom Dollar on its opening day, Aug. 15, 2013. Mayor Betty Esper said it was a convenient location for those who didn’t want to cross the railroad tracks into the Waterfront for groceries.
Rainbow Kitchen director Donna Little received a $1,600 donation for her charitable organization from Bottom Dollar Food regional director Nick Siniscalchi at the grand opening of the chain's newHomesteadstore on Thursday.
CIindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Rainbow Kitchen director Donna Little received a $1,600 donation for her charitable organization from Bottom Dollar Food regional director Nick Siniscalchi at the grand opening of the chain's newHomesteadstore on Thursday.
Former Steeler L.C. Greenwood, seated, jokes with Joe Chmiel of Pittsburgh at the grand opening of a new Bottom Dollar Food supermarket in Homestead on Thursday.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Former Steeler L.C. Greenwood, seated, jokes with Joe Chmiel of Pittsburgh at the grand opening of a new Bottom Dollar Food supermarket in Homestead on Thursday.

Hundreds of shoppers turned out for the grand opening of a new Bottom Dollar Food supermarket in Homestead on Thursday.

Community leaders and a few former Steelers attended the opening ceremonies shortly before 8 a.m.

Homestead Mayor Betty Esper said she thinks the new store — at 127 E. Seventh Ave. — will be popular with seniors and others within walking distance.

“This is convenient,” said Esper, who noted that shopping in the Waterfront often means securing a ride or taking a bus for residents without cars of their own because of the shopping complex's location across the railroad tracks from Homestead's central business district.

The mayor said her only concern about the new site is it could aggravate already heavy traffic in the vicinity of the Homestead Grays Bridge and Eighth Avenue.

Parking was at a premium around the new supermarket as many shoppers from the borough and surrounding communities came out to have a look.

“I already like it,” said William Wills of West Homestead, who said he had shopped at a Bottom Dollar in Baldwin. Wills had a large package of pork chops in his cart with a price tag of $2.55 that he considered a bargain. “You can't beat that price.”

Minnie C. Salmon of West Mifflin was among the first customers.

“I'm very impressed with the prices,” she said. “I think they're going to have a lot of good business here in Homestead because there are people on fixed incomes.”

Many residents said having a discount grocer in the neighborhood will be a big benefit.

Rainbow Kitchen executive director Donna Little said her organization serving the hungry would benefit directly from the store, which donated $1,600 to the charity. She said seniors and others struggling would benefit by having a discount market in their neighborhood.

“They're bringing an affordable food source to our community,” Little said. “It really makes a difference in people's quality of life.”

The store is partnering with the Charlie Batch Foundation, which serves financially challenged youth and their families. The former Steelers quarterback and Homestead native for whom the charity is named attended the grand opening, as did former Steeler L.C. Greenwood.

Nick Siniscalichi, director of operations for Bottom Dollar in the Pittsburgh/Youngstown, Ohio, area, said the chain surveyed the region before deciding to build its new store in Homestead.

“We noticed a lot of residents in Homestead did not have a grocery store,” he said.

Siniscalichi said feedback from customers at Bottom Dollar stores in McKeesport and Penn Hills indicated the area could support another outlet.

“We think we have a great site here,” he said.

This is the 19th store the North Carolina-based Bottom Dollar has opened in the region. In early 2012, the chain established a store at the intersection of Eden Park Boulevard and Walnut Street in McKeesport.

Approximately 350 customers were in line when the Homestead store opened. The store gave free bags of groceries to the first 200 customers.

Bottom Dollar officials said the new outlet is expected to employ about 50 workers.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.