The Super Fresh grocery store at 322 W. Bridge St. in the New Hope Shopping Center may be closing by December, according to rumors on the shopping aisle and around the borough. And separately, the owner of New Hope Shopping Center where Super Fresh is located is showing interest in helping improve pedestrian access to the mall, according to a concerned and persistent New Hope resident.
Super Fresh parent company A&P is bankrupt and trimming locations, although plans have not finalized for the New Hope store, said an A&P spokesperson.
An employee with some knowledge of the situation who did not wish to be named for this story said, “We’ll be here through November. There’s different bidders, and a buyer could be announced as early as October.”
The Super Fresh location in question is well-situated between population concentrations, and New Hope is considered by some to possess an unmet and potentially lucrative market for certain household basics, including prepared food. The local Wawa, located directly across from Super Fresh, is reputed to be one of the best-performing in the nation.
Meanwhile, New Hope resident Ellen Melchiondo has been worried about pedestrian safety when accessing the New Hope Shopping Center, where there is virtually nothing resembling a sidewalk from which to enter. Melchiondo says that the owner is interested in helping solve the problem, and that they’ve been discussing different walkway possibilities. Hats off to both.
All very preliminary, but it sounds like change is coming to the New Hope Shopping Center, and not a moment too soon.