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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New supermarket set to open in former Price Chopper

The Windsor Star/Beatrice Fantoni

After sitting vacant for almost three years, the supermarket at Wyandotte Street and Crawford Avenue will reopen as an international grocery store specializing mainly in Asian and South American foods.

“I think this location is an opportunity,” said Qing Qing Lin, the London-based president of Multi-Foods Supermarket, which is slated to open in May.

Lin, who is also a property developer, has opened supermarkets in Mississauga and London, though he sold his shares in those stores a few years ago to focus on student housing developments instead.

He said he closed the deal on the old Price Chopper building in December 2013, buying it for $1.9 million and investing another $1.5 million in renovations and store fixtures.

Along with being in a neighbourhood that needs a grocery store within walking distance, Lin said Windsor is a potentially bigger market for Multi-Foods than London because there’s even more diversity in the region.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, a larger proportion of Windsor’s population is comprised of people born outside Canada (22.3 per cent) than London’s (18.8 per cent). And a larger segment of the newcomers to Windsor are from Asia and the Middle East compared to London.

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