Written by Liz Giegerich.
Hundreds of locals lined up for Whole Foods Market’s Port Chester grand opening Tuesday morning, eager to take advantage of the deals and to check out the new store.
“I am so excited,’ said Rocca Muto, a 44-year resident of Port Chester. “I have been shopping at the Greenwich store for my daughter who has a lot of allergies, so this is great for me and for Port Chester. It is great for the local economy.” Muto’s mother Maria Lagana, a 54-year resident of the village, agreed.
Port Chester Mayor Neil Pagano and Trustee Joseph Kenner joined Whole Foods leaders for a store tradition for grand openings, a ceremonial bread breaking rather than a ribbon cutting, at 8:30 a.m. in front of the store at 575 Boston Post Rd.
“This store is 49,000 square-feet, employs 200 people and has been named one of the top 100 companies to work for and they chose Port Chester,” Pagano said. “It is great to have a high end retailer like this enter our local market. Their shoppers are sophisticated and know good food. This is a good shot in the arm for the village and I think we will see a transition in retail.”“I think this will be the first phase of a total transformation of the whole shopping center,” Kenner said. “I liken it to the transformation of the Rye Ridge Shopping Center,” he said, referring to when Rye Ridge was redesigned.