Ground was officially broken on the new Super Stop and Shop development on Route 119 near the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday morning.
The 67,500-square-foot store, being built by White Hickory Associates L.L.C., will be accompanied by 22,500 feet of retail building space and 50,000 square-feet of office building space. There is a rapid construction timeline for the project, with a ribbon cutting expected sometime in early 2012.
Those who have worked on planning the development, which has been in the making for about five years, said the supermarket would be the start of a radical overhaul of Route 119.
The new complex will be a hub for bus traffic if the proposed Bus Rapid Transit is included in the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The BRT express bus service will operate from Port Chester to Rockland County and it will include a stop at the supermarket.
"Route 119 is becoming more focused with the coming Tappan Zee Bridge," said commercial developer Robert Weinberg. "This project is advanced thinking."
The new mega-store will replace the current Stop and Shop located at the Bridge Plaza in Tarrytown. That store will become a CVS/pharmacy with an expanded convenience food department. Stop and Shop representatives said that people in the neighborhood near the Bridge Plaza who walk to get groceries would be provided free peapod grocery delivery service until the CVS food option became available.
Tim Mahoney, the Vice President of Stop and Shop's property division said that it was always the case that Stop and Shop would be looking for a larger space to provide grocery services to a wider swath of the population.
"Almost as soon as we got in there (Bridge Plaza), this was the dream," Mahoney said.
See our video of the event above.