Friday, November 28, 2014 · 4:35 a.m.
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Enzo's Market, which will be at the corner of Main and Long streets on the Southside, is in month six of construction. It is expected to open in February. (Photo: Staff)

Developers of the Southside's new grocery store Enzo's Market will be keeping busy in December preparing for the February opening, Gavin Thomas, one of the operating partners, said.

"We had a very strong turnout for Mainx24," he said via email Thursday. "We just hired our director of food service, and we expect to start the other management positions in the next couple weeks. Our full website will also be launched before the holidays." 

Leaders closed on their loan in May, and construction began soon after that on the multimillion project. 

In May, Thomas said the new store would easily bring "a couple hundred jobs” for the construction and renovation of the building.

Once it is complete, there will be between 35 and 40 part-time and full-time jobs for grocery employees, Thomas said over the summer. 

There will be a focus on locally produced food, which some feel was lost somewhat when the local owner of Greenlife sold it to Whole Foods.

Leaders officially rebranded Greenlife as Whole Foods this week. 

Although Thomas said Thursday that there is no specific opening date set yet, crews are making quick progress. 

"The exterior has been painted, and the slate and awnings are going up," he said. "[The] parking lot is paved and stripped. Windows and doors are also being installed. We are looking to finish construction just after the new year."

After some controversy, the North Shore is also getting a new grocery store soon.

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