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For long-suffering Chester, a supermarket

Philadelphia Inquirer By: Jeff Gammage Minutes after the Fare & Square supermarket opened in Chester on Saturday, so many customers crowded the aisles that every shopping cart was taken, and newcomers had to wait their turn. Otherwise, people didn’t stop coming through the doors all…

Fare & Square opens in Chester, ending years of city as ‘food desert

Delco Times  By: Kathleen Carey CHESTER — The purple, white and green sign jutted into the brilliant blue sky Saturday morning and a purple inflatable carrot whirled in the wind as dignitaries and community residents congregated at Ninth and Trainer streets to celebrate the realization of…

Chester Residents Welcome First Grocery Store Opening In 12 Years

CBS LOCAL By:  Mike Dougherty CHESTER, PA (CBS)– For the first time in 12 years, residents of the city of Chester now have a grocery store close to home. Fare & Square is a 16,000 square foot oasis in the middle of a food desert. Chester residents are…

How mapping technology drove the nation’s first nonprofit supermarket

Technically Philly By: Juliana Reyes The city of Chester hasn’t had a supermarket for more than ten years. It’s what experts call a “food desert,” an area where there’s no place to get fresh food. Coupled with the the city’s poverty rate: 44.5 percent, it’s a…

Non-profit supermarket coming to Chester

WPVI CHESTER, Pa. – September 26, 2013 (WPVI) — For the first time in more than a decade, a new supermarket is opening in Chester. Called ‘Fare and Square,’ it is the first non-profit supermarket in the country. “I just think it’s awesome,” said Chester resident…

Nation’s first nonprofit supermarket to open in Chester

Philadelphia Inquirer By: Alfred Lubrano In Chester, a city where hard times often plow under shiny promises, a hunger-relief agency’s pledge to build America’s first nonprofit supermarket was greeted skeptically at first. But Philabundance may be confounding local doubters. Its Fare & Square grocery store,…

Without a supermarket in 12 years, Chester about to see the opening of ‘Fare and Square’

Chester has been without a supermarket for 12 years, an infamous distinction that partially led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate the city’s west end as a food desert. The city finally anticipates losing that label with the launch of Fare and Square, a…

45 complete Philabundance training course

CHESTER — More than 45 trainees that participated in a five-week Philabundance Service Industry training course recently celebrated its successful completion at city hall. The course included classroom and practical training in the areas of customer service, safe food handling, resume writing, interviewing, computer skills…

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