WALLINGFORD — A new grocery store under construction on Hope Hill Road is expected to open this summer.
Prakash Patel, co-owner of West Side Wine and Spirits with his wife, Pratima Patel, said contractors are working on the building, which is adjacent to his liquor store at 8 Hope Hill Road, near the intersection with Parker Farms Road and Highland Avenue.
The liquor store opened last year. Patel estimated that the grocery store would open in mid-June.
The building was once home to Suburban Market, which was owned by former Mayor RoccoJ. Vumbaco and members of his family before it was sold outside of the family in 1983. The store closed more than 15 years ago.
Patel purchased the 12,650 square foot building in May 2016 for $300,000.
Wallingford Economic Development Specialist Tim Ryan said the Patels have already improved the area by opening West Side Wine and Spirits.
“It’s a vacant building that has been vacant for decades and we would love to see it repurposed,” Ryan said.
The entrance and window on the facade of the market are currently boarded up while contractors work on the roof.
Ryan said the store would be used by residents in the surrounding area.
“If they have the right price points it could add convenience to people,” he said.
“It was a bustling center of commercial viability years ago,” Town Councilor Craig Fishbein previously told the Record-Journal. “I think that’s a fantastic development for the Yalesville area.”