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Tiverton Council Approves License For New Grocery Store

Tom's Market, with locations in Coventry and Warren, could open its third location in Tiverton by the fall.

Soon enough, Tiverton residents may not have to trek to in Portsmouth, Lees Market in Westport or to one of the large grocery stores sprawled in southern Fall River to get their groceries.

In a 6-0 vote Tuesday night, the Town Council approved a victualling and holiday license for Thomas DeAngelis to operate Tom’s Market at 492 Main Road, which, if all remaining permitting gets approved, could be slated to open in November. Councilor Ed Roderick was absent from the meeting.

Tom’s Market's original location is in . It opened its second store in Warren in 2009, and in Tiverton is slated to operate in just under 9,000 square feet in the former space of the CVS Pharmacy next to . According to the owners, they're looking to start with 20 employees and have already been contacted by “quite a few people” seeking employment.

DeAngelis, co-owner, said the store will have prepared foods, a full service grocery and will look to sell whatever local produce they can.

“When we opened in Warren, we really liked what we saw as a community with a small town mentality,” DeAngelis said, adding that he thinks Tiverton can support their size. “We listen to the customers.”

In Warren, DeAngelis added that with its heavy Portuguese population, they brought in things customers wanted and continue to do so.

“Within a week we can get things on the shelf,” he added about new requested items.

Co-owner Glenn Place said they offer custom cut meats at their other stores, and said if people are curious about their operation, they should visit the Warren store at 137 Child Street.

He added they would like to have about 80 percent of their employees be from Tiverton. Over time, they would like to increase the workforce at the Tiverton locale to 32 to 34 employees.

Rumors of an unnamed grocer contacting the town began a few months ago at an Economic Development Commission meeting by Town Planner Chris Spencer. On Tuesday night, he said building permits have been filed with Building Official Gareth Ames, and there still needs to be a review by the fire marshal and the Department of Health.

Spencer added that their plans include some exterior work to the building, but nothing that will trigger deliberations from the Planning Board.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about bringing a grocery store back to Tiverton," said Councilor Robert Coulter to DeAngelis. “We wish you all the success with that.”

Nancy R August 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM
I have shopped at their Coventry location when I worked for company near them. They run a very well maintained store and cater to the needs of the community. I hope that the Tiverton citizens support them in this much needed store.
Aileen Rocheleau Wood August 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM
So happy to hear this news and glad to see the town gave them the needed approvals. About time it was easy for a new business to come to the area and benefit all of the town tax payers. Best of luck to Tom's Market and thank you for bringing a much needed business to our town.
claudette corscadden August 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM
This is terrific !!! So glad to hear it. I had contacted Price rite and _Sav-a lot , about the need for a grocery store in Tiverton, when Grand Central closed. Sure hope that the residents utilize it enough so that they'll do well. Congratulations Tom's and good luck !! Sincerely , C.C,
Annette August 10, 2011 at 01:09 PM
So glad to hear the good news. I will be one of the supporters of Tom's Market. I have missed having a grocery market in Tiverton for what seems like forever. Best of luck to the folks at Tom's Market and I encourage all Tiverton residents and others to support this much needed market.
Rade August 10, 2011 at 01:24 PM
FINALLY!!!!!!!! YE-HAWW!!!!!!!
c August 10, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I am with Rade! That's awesome. Here is hoping they can offer as much local and farm fresh products from the MANY small, artisan growers and producers in this region such as fruits, veggies, breads, honey, cheese, meats. The list goes on. Supporting local growers helps them ad jobs, too! Thank you, Tom's Market!
Mike Rego August 10, 2011 at 05:22 PM
This is good news! I used to frequent the old Grand Central a lot when I lived in Tiverton (I lived within walking distance). When GC closed we had to drive to Fall River to buy our groceries. Having a grocery store back in town is good news for all and I hope all Tiverton residents support the new store. Best of luck!
Deb Dutra August 11, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Great News! It will be great shopping at a local market once again. Best of luck and look forward to your opening day. Thank you Town Officials for giving the approval.
Joe Sousa. August 11, 2011 at 12:51 AM
I was at the council meeting when Mr.DeAngelis sat before the council at the hearing. As he walked away he said to all standing there {That was easy.} I thought to my self, that's the way I want all business owners to feel. So lets spread the word. Tiverton is open to business.
EyesWideOpen August 11, 2011 at 05:27 PM
This is wonderful news!! I had hoped a Trader Joe's would take over the old CVS building (and even contacted them about it at one point), but a local proprietor is even better! I have shopped their Warren location from time to time, and found the selection, quality, and prices to be good. I hope the same will hold true here in Tiverton, especially with regard to the cost of staples such as meats, dairy, produce, cereals, bread, etc. These items tend to be too pricey at small independent markets, which is why I typically don't shop in them for my family of five. If those items are reasonably priced, I'll stop spending my money in Fall River and shop Tom's regularly! Best wishes to Mr. DeAngelis and Mr. Place for great success! Welcome to Tiverton!

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