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3/26/15-Constantino’s Market to open April 9 at College Town

Cleveland-based Constantino’s Market is coming to Rochester next month, adding an estimated 38 jobs here.

The family-owned grocery retailer said Thursday that it will open its doors April 9 with a grand opening scheduled for April 16. The company will occupy a 21,000-square-foot store in College Town.

The local Constantino’s Market will be the first location for the company outside of its hometown of Cleveland. It opened its first grocery store a decade ago.

Four years ago when Fairmont Properties—also a Cleveland-based company—was selected to develop College Town, the principal of Fairmont Properties, Randy Ruttenberg, saw an opportunity for Constantino’s, he said.

“I first became familiar with the Constantino’s operation from visiting their West Ninth store,” he said in a statement. “While this was clearly a well thought out, great urban market and cafe, it was much, much more. We thought so highly of them, we pursued them to open the one and only cafe in our new 23-story $250 (million) office tower.”

At first the company was not looking to expand operations outside of Ohio, officials said.

“We looked at the project and location, first out of courtesy to Fairmount, and then out of genuine interest,” said Andrew Revy, a partner with Constantino’s. “We realized that while it was larger in scope than our University Circle store, there were a lot of similarities.

“We liked the idea of serving the students and staff of the University of Rochester, just as we had liked the idea of serving the students and staff of Case Western Reserve University.”

The Rochester location will provide locally made goods, restaurant-quality prepared foods, a salad bar, and a wide variety of beers, tastings and demos, the company said.

“Our roots are in Cleveland, but we are very excited to open in Rochester,” Revy said.

Source: Rochester Business Journal