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County Market Opens at 2nd and Carpenter
The new County Market in downtown Springfield opened today at Second and Carpenter streets. A large crowd gathered at the store for the grand opening ceremony at noon.
Mayor Mike Houston took the podium, talking about how the area has long been seen as a food desert.
Construction on the store started last June, after aldermen approved $2 million in TIF financing for the land.
Shoppers said having a big grocery store in the neighborhood will make a difference.
"It just seems like it's just completely forgotten for the people in this area--southwest," shopper Jane Barry said. "So I think it's a good thing."
The project cost about $8 million. There are 120 employees at the new store.
Overall, there are more than 800 County Market employees in the Springfield area.
This is County Market's 100th store.