PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new grocery store is giving residents in Pittsburgh’s Beechview community something to celebrate today.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new IGA grocery store on Broadway Avenue was held this morning at 9 a.m.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, who grew up in Beechview, and other store representatives were on hand at the special event.

“I think it’s great. They have everything you need, a whole bunch of stuff, not just the IGA brands, but actual brands too,” said Melanie Ewing, of Beechview.

When Foodland closed its doors in the same space a year ago, the community was hurt.

“Not only does this give us a grocery store that’s badly needed, but I think it’s going to be a good start for our business area again,” Pam Runco, of Beechview, said.

Ron Levick owns the new Market on Broadway IGA. While he isn’t from the community, he said saw a definite need.

“We were told about 50 percent of the customers are going to be walk-in people and we’ve had overwhelming response from the people since we’ve been under construction,” he said.

It took more than $1.5 million to renovate the 9,000 square foot space.

“It’s so nice to be able to just walk right down the street,” added J.T. Fetch, another Beechview community member.

The first 100 customers through the door this morning received a green, reusable grocery bag as a free gift.

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