The Easton Zoning Hearing Board has approved two grocery stores for the West Ward, although one of them had already been in operation.
Riken Patel told the board Monday night that he took over the Aztec City store at 698 Northampton St. earlier this year.
"There was a grocery store there before. I’m not changing anything," Patel said. "I don't know why I'm here."
Officials said the change in ownership necessitated Patel's visit, and his request was granted without any problems.
The board also approved another store at 1054 Northampton Street, the former home of the Valley Rental Center. New owner Cesar Montesdoeca plans to open a deli/grocery store at the location.
Signs of the old appliance/furnture rental store were still on display Monday night, with couches and refrigerators visible through the building's windows.