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Atlantic City is preparing to introduce the city’s first fully operated grocery store in a long time.

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The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) approved an $18.7 million fund for the construction of a new ShopRite in Atlantic City.

The highly anticipated supermarket will be built at the corner of Baltic Ave. and N. Ohio Ave., near the Tanger Outlet Mall.

Atlantic City has been without a fully operated grocery store for 15 years, making it a “food desert.”

A food desert is an area where residents have limited access to healthy foods, often due to limited income or lack of nearby options.

“Atlantic City’s days as a food desert are soon to be over,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “The work of the CRDA and various community stakeholders has led to this extremely important development that will benefit Atlantic City residents and visitors, and provide access to affordable, fresh, healthy, high quality groceries that has been long missing.”

The 54,609-square-foot supermarket will include onsite parking, landscaping, lighting and fencing.

A ShopRite in Atlantic City has been years in the making. In 2018, the CRDA ramped up efforts to attract a supermarket developer to the city after a report by governor-appointed special counsel Jim Johnson identified the 48-block resort as a food desert.

Johnson wrote at the time that one-third of the 38,000 residents live under the poverty line and have “limited access to a regular provider of high quality food.”

“This project will give access to high quality food for Atlantic City residents,” CRDA board chairman Modia Butler said in a statement. “A full service grocery store in Atlantic City will affect the quality of life for current community members and will enable us to attract new residents.”

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