WARREN - Bottom Dollar Food will open its newest location following a ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday on Warren's east side.
The store will host the grand opening event beginning at 8 a.m. at its location at the corner of North Road and Youngstown-Warren Road. Among the festivities will be free grocery giveaways, an autograph session by a former NFL player and a $1,500 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.
"We look forward to opening our doors in Warren, offering residents the best prices on groceries and being a good partner in the community," said Bottom Dollar Food President Meg Ham.
Company officials said the first 200 customers at the new location Thursday will receive a free Bottom Dollar Food reusable bag filled with groceries, and additional customers will receive free reusable bags throughout the day.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, former Pittsburgh Steeler football player Louis Lipps will greet customers and sign autographs from 8 to 9 a.m.
"We are pleased that Bottom Dollar Food has seen the city of Warren as a good place to do business. This is significant not just for the great shopping opportunity for our citizens, but because the company sees our community as a good place to make such an investment," said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.
The new Warren location has added about 50 new jobs to the local economy. With the addition of this and another store opening Thursday in New Castle, Pa., North Carolina-based Bottom Dollar Food now operates 56 stores in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Each store is approximately 18,000 square feet.