SPARTA - The long-awaited ShopRite of Sparta is one step closer to opening its doors, after it announced its grand opening date for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The new ShopRite is located in the newly-constructed 65-acre North Village complex on 18 North Village Boulevard, situated just off of Route 15 North.

More details for the grand opening celebration will be coming soon on the store’s Facebook Page.

According to the store’s Facebook Page, once it is opened, the ShopRite of Sparta’s hours of operation will be Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The store is now hiring associates to work in the state-of-the-art supermarket. The store’s hiring center is open on-site and accepting applications for all positions, including department managers, butchers, deli, bakery, dairy, produce, seafood team members, cashiers and more.

The hiring center is open seven days a week and hours can be found on the store’s Facebook page at Interested candidates can visit the hiring center to fill out an application, or apply online. The supermarket expects to hire approximately 250 full and part-time employees ahead of the store's opening.

ShopRite of Sparta is owned by RoNetco Supermarkets, Inc., a family-owned company with nearly a century in the grocery business and seven ShopRite stores in northwestern New Jersey. The ShopRite of Sparta will offer a wide selection of groceries including both store and national brands, locally-sourced foods, fresh produce, an extensive meat department staffed by full-time butchers; and a prepared foods department with hot and cold food bars, pan-Asian and sushi offerings and an adjacent dine-in café with a fireplace. The store will also offer ShopRite from Home pickup and delivery service, an international cheese department, a cutting-edge seafood market and a health and wellness department staffed with a registered dietitian.

“We are excited to continue building our team for the new ShopRite of Sparta,” said Dominick J. Romano, vice president and C.O.O. of RoNetco Supermarkets, Inc. “RoNetco Supermarkets has a long history of commitment to the communities where our ShopRite stores operate, and we look forward to serving the residents of Sparta with this great new store when it opens in October.”

With an emphasis on reducing its eco-footprint, the new store will feature energy-efficient refrigeration and lighting, including glass doors on all dairy and freezer cases and LED lighting throughout the store and its parking lot.

North Village’s groundbreaking took place in April 2018 and construction of the ShopRite facility began in June 2018. North Village is a mixed-use development that, once opened, will be comprised of commercial establishments, an adult assisted-living facility and single-family and multi-family townhouse and apartment complexes in a walkable development.

In addition to ShopRite and the residential units, according to the RIPCO real estate website - the leasing agent for the complex - other tenants presently planned to lease space will include ShopRite Wine & Spirits, a farm-to-table eatery Modern Farmer Restaurant by Mohawk House, Verizon, Starbucks, Pizza 1, Pure Barre, F45 Training, Trinity Physical Therapy and Jersey Mike's Subs.

Jennifer Jean Miller can also be reached by phone at: 973-383-1230; and on Facebook: