The new 48,000 square foot Dash’s Market on Hertel Avenue opened Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. It prominently features a cheese department, floral department, deli, a Spot Coffee and even a restaurant with a rotating brick oven.
On the second floor, there’s restaurant seating, two community rooms, a community library and a balcony.
“On our second floor, we have a garage door that opens up to a balcony,” said store manager Joe Dash. “So, just because you’re not outside doesn’t mean you won’t feel like your outside when everything opens up.”
Construction of the building began about a year ago, and for the occassion, there were store opening deals like $.99 and $ .79 eggs.
“We brought back some of the prices from when we first started operating the Hertel store back in 1971,” said store president Mark Mahoney. “And again, it’s a little bit of a payback to the supportive customers that we’ve had at Dash’s. The neighborhood has just been wonderful to us over the years.”
The store also features a little history. There’s a timeline of the grocery store displayed on the wall with photos of the family’s old Shop Rite store on the corner of Fillmore and East Ferry. Also, a vintage chandelier from the old Park Lane restaurant at Gates Circle was installed on the second floor.
“It’s a wonderful neighborhood, and we have wonderful customers and it’s a tribute to both the neighborhood and his family, for doing business for 95 years,” said Mahoney.
Here is a video of Wednesday morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony: