New Supermarket Takes Former Home Depot-Expo Site

ShopRite is taking the space previously occupied by Home Depot-Expo on Palmer Avenue. Reaction to the news has been mixed, with some looking forward to additional competition for Stop & Shop, and also glad to fill a prominent vacant space with a credible tenant. Others had hoped that this location would be occupied instead by a retailer that could fill an unoccupied niche in the community and generate additional sales taxes. My own reaction encompasses both of these feelings. The City, in any case, has no control over this matter, because supermarkets fit within retail zoning.