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Old 12-03-2021, 07:56 PM
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Interesting article.

https://www.amny.com/news/supermarke...r-new-yorkers/

The Key Food located at 22-15 31st St. closed at the beginning of October 2020 after serving the Astoria, Queens neighborhood for over 20 years. Now, the site is a fenced-off construction zone where a new Target department store will stand by 2023.

In the years leading up to the pandemic, supermarkets throughout New York City were already closing due to rent increases, narrow profit margins, increased competition with drugstores and online grocers and larger developments moving in and pushing smaller stores out.

Owner of Gristedes Supermarkets and Red Apple Group CEO and chairman John Catsimatidis, who has owned and operated supermarkets across the city for nearly 50 years, said the only reason Gristedes and D’Agostino have survived is because Red Apple Group is funding them.

Now, in the wake of the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, more small business and grocery store owners struggle to pay rent, and with more people opting to order food online, profit margins continue to shrink. The disappearance of local supermarkets is causing food deserts to expand across the city, and in areas where larger chains replace locally owned stores, some workers are left working for non-union companies that pay minimum wage. Often, these larger grocery stores and/or retailers do not offer products that reflect the needs of the community and raise issues of affordability.

How closures affect communities
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Old 12-03-2021, 07:58 PM
 
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Plenty of Trader Joes and Whole foods so I'm good.
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Old 12-03-2021, 09:32 PM
 
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I prefer to have my food delivered if it is affordable. The mighty 10 block shlep with bags hanging off my pinky fingers is never a good look.
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Old 12-03-2021, 10:21 PM
 
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Something, something racism ...inequality, etc.
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Old 12-04-2021, 04:53 AM
 
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we have been using instacart for years …

i was terrible in a supermarket and bought way to much stuff i never intended to get .

our bills are lower since we have kept me out of a supermarket
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Old 12-04-2021, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Europe
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I was visiting as tourist in New York spring 1981 and could not find a grocery shop near Edison Hotel. Orlando and Miami same, no grocery shop. Is online see the groceries now it has me fascinated and my daughter she sends me pictures of her groceries in midwest.
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Old 12-04-2021, 05:30 AM
 
Location: NY
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There is nothing wrong with knowing how to prepare and cook meals naturally as
opposed to opening a box and dumping your breakfast ,lunch and dinner into a microwave.


Thank goodness for grocery stores and butcher shops............
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Old 12-04-2021, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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If all the Gristedes and D'Agostinos in NYC close, the City will be better for it. Key Food in my Co-op has about 25 more years to run on its lease, so I'm good. I can easily walk to a Whole Foods, a Fairway, a C-town, a Gourmet Market, a Cherry Valley, a Universal, and a Dollar Tree. No need to pay Catsimatidis prices.

There's a good reason that Gristedes are always empty.
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Old 12-04-2021, 09:37 AM
 
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This would be a non-issue if we could grow our own vegetables - but for those who have the space, most soil in NYC is contaminated, need planters. If you live in a building, SOL
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Old 12-04-2021, 12:02 PM
 
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This would be a non-issue if we could grow our own vegetables - but for those who have the space, most soil in NYC is contaminated, need planters. If you live in a building, SOL
If we could excrete out what we put in our mouths without going through all the digestive process, we'd be okay
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