Two years ago, Atlantic City, NJ lost its only Supermarket. IGA closed its doors in April 2006 forcing residents and tourists to shop at small markets or outside of the ocean resort.

Since the closing, attempts have been made to convince others to replace IGA, but no new supermarket has yet to open.

In late December 2007, The Casino Reinvestment Authority or CRDA approved plans for a smaller market to be constructed on a vacant lot surrounded by North Carolina, Arctic, Mansion, and Baltic avenues.

However, a group called Atlantic City Together In Organized Negotiations or ACTION began collecting signatures for a petition to stop the market. The group claimed to have gathered 850 signatures to put an end to CRDA’s plans, stating their concerns that the market would resemble a farmer’s market that only operates in warm weather.

Luckily a recent meeting between ACTION and CRDA has cleared up previous issues and opened the door for the spring 2009 erection of the market.

Kevin Hall, a committee member, says “They agree with us that Atlantic City is indeed in need of a supermarket…but they also assured us that this market will not replace plans for a supermarket.”

“We wanted to see what their concerns were,” said Robert Corrales, a CRDA spokesman. “They were satisfied and we were satisfied. And I think everyone will be happy with the new market.”

For further information on this story or others please visit The Press of Atlantic City.

Tamika M. Murray blogs at PJ’s and A Movie and Stop and Stare Photos.

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