Giant Food Stores to provide free produce after York City blaze shutters grocery

Dispatch Staff
Fire personnel were at the scene at the Yorktown Mall where several business were damaged after an early morning fire Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. The mall is located in the 100 block of North Duke Street. Bill Kalina photo

Giant Food Stores will distribute free fruits and vegetables Saturday to York City residents after a fire damaged the city's largest grocery.

CTown Supermarket was among nine business damaged in a Friday morning fire at Yorktown Mall resulted in an estimated $5 million in damage. "Oily rags" at Panaderia Bakery caused the blaze, officials said.

In a news release Friday evening, Giant company officials joined city officials and announced the pop-up produce department. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available free of charge starting at 10 a.m in the York Revolution parking lot at 302 North Queen St. 

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The event will last until the food runs out, the release states. Produce will be dsitrubuted first come, first serve. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bags.

CTown Supermarket is expected to be closed for repairs through the weekend, according to city spokesman Phillip Given.