Johnny’s market reopens in Wilmington

WHYY Newsworks photo.
WHYY Newsworks photo.

Johnny’s Food Market  has reopened  in Wilmington.

Wilmington City Council member Kevin Kelley announced the opening of the store in the Browntown/Hedgeville  neighborhood on the west side of the city.

The landmark store may have been best known for its kielbasa sausage that was  a mainstay in the  neighborhood where many residents were of Polish descent. The parking lot of the store was often crowded around the holidays as former residents stopped by.

In a social media post, Kelley said the store has been remodeled and will offer a wide range of items.  It will offer grocery items favored by the  Hispanic community, he reported.

The opening marks a victory  for a  neighborhood that has struggled over the past half century, due in part to the routing of Interstate 95.

Johnny’s was closed   following the 2011  murder of its  highly regarded  owner Norman Alhout, who had  had owned the store for about ten years. He died during a robbery in 2011, WHYY Newsworks reported.

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