A former Jubilee supermarket location in North Buffalo will reopen soon as a Budwey's Food Market.
The Kenmore Avenue store will be operated by Frank S. Budwey, who also runs Budwey's Food Market in North Tonawanda.
"I anticipate that store being a really good store," Budwey said Friday. An opening date is not yet set, but Budwey said he hopes it will debut in June.
The location, west of Englewood Avenue, has been empty since a Jubilee closed in late 2004.
The Budwey's food retailing business has operated in North Tonawanda since the 1930s. Its new location, at 51,000 square feet, will be 14,000 square feet larger than the North Tonawanda store.
Budwey said he will have two partners in the North Buffalo store: Paul and Peter Lamparelli, who run Lamparelli Construction in Cheektowaga.
The new store is expected to employ 225 people. It will also contain an independent pharmacy.
University Council Member Bonnie Russell said the Jubilee closing late last year created a "big void" for area residents that she is pleased to see filled. "It's going to be very exciting," said Russell, whose district includes the store's location.
Along with removing an option for shoppers, the supermarket's closing had turned the building into a target for graffiti, she said.
Efforts are under way to provide financial support to Budwey through the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp., similar to what Latina Foods is receiving for opening a store in Stuyvesant Plaza, Russell said.
Budwey said he was familiar with the Kenmore Street location's business when it operated as a Super Duper in the 1980s, a time when he was also affiliated with Super Duper. "I knew how well it did (then)," he said.
The new store's closest competition will be from a Tops Markets in University Plaza, about a mile away.
But Budwey noted that he faces even more competition in North Tonawanda, with four Tops stores within two miles of that location.