Santori’s in Vineland NJ opening second produce and deli market

VINELAND –Santori’s Produce & Deli Market on South Delsea Drive is set to welcome its first customers on Friday.

“No fanfare, I’m just going open the doors and put a few flags out at the street saying, ‘We’re open,” said Andre Santori, working on Monday with his brother, John, to put finishing touches on the store.

There are still vacancies to fill so Santori’s is opting for a 8:30 a.m. soft opening to not overwhelm the new crew.

“I want everybody to be comfortable who is working there,” Santori said. “I want them to get used to new registers, new scales, and new slicers.”

The help wanted sign is still up for cashiers as well as deli and salad prep. Those interested may apply at the store, located in the former Aldi at 2651 S. Delsea Drive, north of Sherman Avenue and across from the Vineland National Guard Armory.

This is the first new store Santori’s has opened in two decades and its second in Vineland. They also operate stores in Galloway and Somers Point.

At more than 16,000 square feet, the site is twice the size of the Main Road Center store and features a farmers market appeal.

Santori's Produce & Deli Market is preparing to open its second Vineland NJ store after remodeling a former Aldi along South Delsea Drive.

Customers entering the store are greeted by the sight of a full-size vintage tractor giving the illusion it’s pulling along the front row of produce. Then there’s the fresh wood scent of newly constructed produce stalls.

The remodeled retail area has an open ceiling and wide aisles to easily maneuver a shopping cart.

Longtime Santori’s shoppers will notice some familiar details.

The red number ticket dispenser keeps order at the deli, stocked with Dietz and Watson Deli meats and cheeses. Bakery bins will be filled with Liscio’s bread and rolls. The containers of nuts and trail mixes are stacked near the checkout.

Santori's Produce & Deli on South Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ.

Santori was keen to open a store on the other side of town from the Main Road store to draw customers from the Millville area.

Driving around, Santori spotted the spot left vacant by Aldi that has access to Delsea Drive and Sherman Avenue.

“This is a good, it replaces Aldi which moved further south,” said Sandy Forosisky, the city’s economic development director, referring to the grocery’s relocation next to the Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattress Store. “Right now, we’re not seeing vacancies last a real long time, there is a shortage of buildings.”

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