“This is the third or fourth press conference I’ve been to on this site. So, I don’t have much more to say than thanks to all of you who fought for this for 30 years,” he said. “So, Lets’ go shopping.”

Carl Redwood, who helped put together the community benefits agreement that stipulated funding and neighborhood employment on the project, said simply, “Welcome home to the Hill.”

SHOP ‘n SAVE owner/op­erator Jeff Ross also thanked everyone involved, especially for their patience.

“I said in spring of 2010 we’d be open for Thanksgiving. I just didn’t say it would be Thanksgiving 2013,” he said. “Thank you all.”

Following the remarks, Lillian Allen, 105, assisted by her daughter Carolyn Gray and longtime Hill resident Clyde Hefflin, cut the ribbon officially opening the first full-service grocery in the Hill in 30 years.

“It’s beautiful,” said Hefflin. “Even the asphalt.”

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