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More places to shop for your groceries

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Albany/HV: More places to shop for your groceries
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It's a gourmet buffet with strong economic ingredients. Retailers have decided a growing Capital Region needs new places to shop for food. Our Erin Vannella reports.

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- "They come here because if you look on a map, we're right on the intersection of 87 and 90," said Retail Council of New York State's Executive Vice President Ted Potrikus.

They come to shop, of course, at the growing list of groceries.

"You'll have Trader Joe's here," said Potrikus. "Hannaford is right across the street. Now you'll have Whole Foods right across the street, so Wolf Road will be grocery central."

You name it, the Capital Region's got it. Patrikus said these natural and commercial markets are targeting a hungry GlobalFoundries and Nanotech population, among others.

"Everybody's been talking about how you've got people from Texas coming up," said Potrikus. "These are the sorts of stores they'll be looking for. They aren't just looking for jobs, they're looking for quality of life."

Whole Foods' announcement to move into the Colonie Center Sears came after Trader Joe's up the street. But both target shoppers craving high-end products, many of whom have been living in the region waiting for years.

"There's not really another natural food store in the area of that stature, so we're actually kind of excited about it," said Honest Weight Food Co-op Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Grainer.

"There's an appeal I think, style-wise, to a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's or all of them," said Albany resident Mary Lou Nolan-Gillham. "And I think it's more that appeal than how much it costs."

"I think the competition will be good for stores and hopefully the prices will go down," said Rotterdam resident Jennifer Secko.

"I think if all of these places are coming here, it says good things about what's happening in the area," said Capital Region resident Donna Lamkin.

"They want to go to Cheesecake Factory," said Potrikus. "They want to go to the movies. They want to go to Macy's. Oh my gosh, now there’s a Whole Foods? Great! Now they'll make a day of it."

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