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Alex Bay Price Chopper scheduled to open at the end of April

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — The new Price Chopper under construction near Interstate 81 is set to open at the end of April as a 24-hour grocery store.

Price Chopper Supermarkets CEO Jerel T. “Jerry” Golub said the new store on Route 12 in the town of Alexandria — the company’s third supermarket in Jefferson County — at 31,000 square feet will be smaller than Watertown’s but the first Price Chopper of its kind.

“We are extremely excited to be in Alexandria Bay,” Mr. Golub said at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday.

Unlike other Price Choppers, he said, the Alexandria store will have an additional 2,500-square-foot covered area outdoors set up like a farmers’ market for seasonal products to meet the needs of summer residents and tourists.

Because of the size restraints, the new store will have slightly smaller meat, seafood and florist departments compared with the Arsenal Street location in Watertown. But it will have all the essentials, such as a wide selection of produce, in-store bakery and full-service deli, Mr. Golub said.

About 130 employees — mostly part-time but also several full-time workers — will be needed to run the Alexandria store, he said.

William Sweet, vice president of construction and engineering at Price Chopper, said the company is hoping to achieve a silver LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification for its energy-efficient new store.

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, lauded the development Friday, saying she believes the new Price Chopper not only will help the St. Lawrence River community extend its business season but also encourage further development along Route 12.

Price Chopper plans to hold a fundraiser to benefit three area nonprofits on the eve of the new store’s grand opening and will be seeking applications.

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