Inside, the store was packed and the atmosphere was just one big party. Tables were set up along the front end where employees served free fruit, cheese, fresh-baked breads and muffins from the store's bakery department, and beverages.
It's a nice way to welcome customers to the new store, but it's also a great way to show off the catering specialties from the deli department.
Inside, I did manage to catch a picture of An, if only the back of his head. But don't worry, you can watch his full opening speech, along with Director of Marketing Suzanne Kuczun and Elizabeth mayor Chris Bollwage, right here. UPDATE: I've fixed it with the video embedded.
And here are some assorted pictures from the ribbon cutting. The Star-Ledger got a better view than I did, but that's okay.
If you've never been to a supermarket ribbon cutting, you really should. This was a lot of fun! Now on to the rest of the city tomorrow.
Photographed July 2016