Work at the former Rite Aid on Grant Street and Auburn Avenue is underway as crews begin to expand and renovate the store for a Save-A-Lot. The project was first announced in the Buffalo News almost a full year ago. It has been vacant for nearly six years.
The expansion at the rear adds approximately 1800 square feet to the building. Ellicott Development received the approval for the project from the City of Buffalo in September 2011. At that time the Buffalo News reported that Planning Board member, Cynthia A. Schawartz believed that the project would be good for the neighborhood because it will, "remove and eyesore and provide a needed business in the area."
During one of my recent walks in the neighborhood surrounding the building, several neighbors mentioned that there was a significant need for another grocery store in addition to the much loved, Guercio and Sons just down the street. While this use may not be the most creative or best use of the site, especially considering the momentum on Grant Street in recent years, it seems it will be a welcome addition none the less.