Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Councilman Lew Fidler and Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo joined with representatives of the Lefrak organization and Aldi market today to announce that the German-based grocer has signed on to replace Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue.

The storefront has sat empty since April 2011 as local elected and the landlord, Lefrak, scrambled to find a supermarket replacement – one of the top constituent demands, the pols said.

“This is a location that has hundreds of thousands of people desperate for a store they could walk to. I know because when I walk around and talk to residents, that’s the only question they want to know,” said Weinstein. “They don’t want to know what’s happening in Albany, they don’t want to know what’s happening in the budget. They just want to know, ‘When can I walk with my cart to go to the store and buy something?’”

Photo by Neil Friedman

“We all know after the closing of Pathmark, there was an absolute need for an alternative to meet the needs of the community,” Markowitz added. “There was no excuse, in this, the greatest city of the world, that residents have to travel far and wide to get a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread.”

The elected also noted that finding a new anchor tenant would revitalize the commercial corridor.

“I’ll make a prediction: a year after this Aldi’s opens, any of these ‘For Lease’ signs [on Nostrand Avenue near Avenue Y] will be gone. That is what this means to this community,” said Fidler. “You’ll come here and while you’re here you’ll stop in any of these great stores and the empty ones will be filled with new merchants.”

Sheepshead Bites was the first to report earlier this week that Aldi signed a deal with Lefrak to take the space, establishing the first Brooklyn location for the German chain. It is expected to open in October 2013.

Borough President Markowitz noted that he hopes to now turn his attention to Brighton Beach, where Met Foods recently closed and left residents in a similar position.

“What has happened here, I hope we can do for the folks now in Brighton Beach, because they have the same issue,” Markowitz said. “Supermarkets [are] closing down and there are no supermarkets at all.”

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  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    When can we get Marty Markoshitz out of office?

    • Andy

      not soon enough

    • Tinman

      one more year!

    • EndofDaze

      Markowitz, all things considered, has been one of the best things to happen to Brooklyn, since the Dodgers were here, and the once new, FDR High School, were still called, the Navigators!

  • M. Smart

    Like Anthony said I love weinerschnitzel

  • ES

    I cannot wait for this place to open. Finally.

  • community shit 15

    Teresa Scavo lingering in the background lookin like a gestapo agent

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  • tim weigand

    whoo, bullshit politicians giving tax breaks to a multi-national corporation to open up an 8 dollar an hour 30 hour a week slave shop.. brooklyn just got a whole lot better! Thanks Democrats and Republicans!

  • barkingspider07

    Is this store really going to work for our senior citizens here? It’s going to be pretty small, and probably just as expensive as Silver Star.