BRIDGEPORT - Residents of Downtown Bridgeport attended an open house today to learn more about the first grocery store in their neighborhood in at least a half-century.

Ripka's Market on Main Street is set to open next week. Owner Clyde Ripka held a community meet-and-greet today to raise awareness about the new business.

The store is a $3 million project that will employ more than 45 workers who are mostly local to the area.

Ripka also owns several delis and catering shops in Norwalk and Stamford.