Here’s some hard-hitting news for you: Waldbaum’s at 3100 Ocean Avenue now requires a 25-cent deposit to use their shopping cart, reports reader nolastname.
Nolastname asked management about the development, and they said that too many shopping carts have been stolen recently. But nolastname has her own thoughts on the topic:
“$.25 is not going to stop someone from stealing a wagon that is worth a couple hundred,” she wrote to us. “I figure one or more high end cars got scratched/dented and are suing Wally World for not keeping the wagons contained.”
Photo by Erica Sherman
More than one year after Pathmark made its last sale from its 3795 Nostrand Avenue location, the building remains vacant, political leadership to bring a new supermarket to the site appears to have dried up, and residents are fuming about the lack of nearby options to shop for their families.
The business closed its doors for good on April 15, 2011, as the parent company, A&P, filed for bankruptcy and closed numerous locations across the nation. More than 100 employees were put out of work by the closing, and it eliminated the only supermarket within walking distance for many nearby residents.
Find out what the pols are up to, and what the property owner has to say.
The short-lived Walgreens at 1721 Avenue U – which closed as a casualty of redundancy after the company bought up Duane Reade – is finally coming back to life, now as a Chinese market.
Signs went up in just the last few days showing that it will be a New York Mart, a business with another location just six blocks away at 2309 Avenue U (as well as several other locations in New York City).
That proximity, as well as the abundance of other Asian supermarkets, has got our tipster Richie a little confounded:
It’s interesting how Avenue U has turned into a breeding ground for banks, pharmacies, nail shops and now supermarkets.
There’s already two other “supermarkets” within immediate walking distance of this new one. One on east 15 and and the other one on east 13 (I think, next to the Mexican restaurant La Villita)
This new supermarket might be part of the same franchise as the supermarket located on East 24 street.
Is Avenue U beginning to mimic Sheepshead Bay Road in its lack of business diversity? What would you rather see in that location?
The International Food market at 2899 Ocean Avenue has reopened under new management.
The market has been closed for months as the new owners sought to renovate the space. I can’t say I was very familiar with the place before, but I can say that it’s very well-lit compared to how it used to be. Also, the girl behind the counter is very skeptical of men with cameras…
A new market serving halal products has opened at 2705 Avenue Z, off East 27th Street… you know, just a block away from the 2812 Voorhies Avenue mosque, an area that opponents claimed has no Muslim residents.
Well, regardless, the Sheepshead Bay Halal Market has been open for a few weeks and looks well stocked. It replaces B&R Electronics & AC Service, the television and appliance repair shop that has been in this location for as long as I can remember. But, fret not, B&R is still alive and kicking – they’ve just moved around the corner to 2577 East 27th Street.
Good luck to the halal market and B&R in their new locations!
Photo by Erica Sherman
The not-so-long-rumored 7-Eleven on Sheepshead Bay Road is now open, serving up sugary frozen drinks and greasy taquitos to the commuter crowd.
Sheepshead Bites was the first to report the closing of McDonalds at 1509 Sheepshead Bay Road in September. The closing gave way to rumors that it would be a 7-Eleven, which turned out to be true. We checked in with local bodegas in October to see how they thought the new competition would hurt their bottom line. As it turned out, they think it will.
“It’s bad for local businesses that are already established,” said Ray Muhammad, a cashier at Bay Smoke Shop. “Another place that sells food, cigarettes and liquor.”
What do you think of the new 7-Eleven?
Source: Feldco Development
The 88,000-square-foot lot that houses Super Stop & Shop (1710 Avenue Y) has sold for $28.5 million, netting the largest price tag for real estate in the history of Sheepshead Bay.
The property was sold by Connecticut-based real estate firm Feldco Development to a Florida-based LLC named Sands Brook, according to a report in The Real Deal.
The property includes the 54,000-square-foot, one story building with an outdoor parking lot.
Those worrying this might mean the end of another local supermarket following the demise of Pathmark on Nostrand Avenue need not worry, as Stop & Shop renewed their lease in 2005, securing its presence until 2030. The supermarket also holds ten 5-year renewal options, extending its presence through 2080. Stop & Shop opened in 1992.
The sale shatters all previous real estate records for the area, including the 23-year reigning record-holder: the Atlantic Towers Apartment Corp. on Avenue Z and East 13th Street, which sold in 1988 for $25 million. It also trumped the latest large-ticket sales in Sheepshead Bay: the 2008 deals for Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza ($24 million) and the proposed Station Plaza site on Sheepshead Bay Road ($20 million).
On a side note, the future Marshalls location across the street was touted as part of the marketing materials for the property, showing the growth of commercial developments in the area. Station Plaza – which appears to have halted development before it even began – was not mentioned.
Clarification: When the supermarket opened in 1992, it was not yet named Stop & Shop. I believe it opened as Finest, which then became Edwards, and finally Stop & Shop. However, for all intents and purposes of identifying the tenant, all three are the same and the name changes were merely casualties of chains swallowing up chains – not different entities.
It’s always a heart-breaker for me when an establishment has been around so long that it becomes part of the landscape, then closes before I get around to that promise I made to myself to stop in and try it. Moscow on Hudson at 1920 Avenue U is one of those places.
I used to spend a lot of time on this stretch of Avenue U when I was in high school or visiting from college, and I’d always pass this Eastern European deli and bakery. I knew it was one of the oldest in the neighborhood – certainly one of the first Eastern European places I saw on Avenue U or in Sheepshead Bay generally – establishing itself at its small storefront much earlier than the later bazaars that serve up larger selections on plots with much larger square footage (see: Net Cost Market, Cherry Hill Gourmet, et cetera). I had planned to stop in for some pirozhki or salads or maybe smoked salmon, which I heard they had the freshest in the area.
But, alas, that will not happen. When I walked by last week – fully prepared to keep walking and visit it another day – some construction caught my eye and dragged the storefront out of the landscape and into focus. The gates were down, the innards were out. Moscow on Hudson is no more.
After less than a year in operation, Grand Bazaar gourmet market at 2424 Coney Island Avenue, just off Avenue U, may be shutting down.
Signs recently went up in the windows offering “Everything 50 percent off” and that it is “For Sale By Owner.” We don’t know if that means the property or the business, and if a buyer pops up the market may indeed stay open under new management.
It appeared this location got off to a rocky start. We first went by and spoke to the owner in January of last year. He showed us around and told us it would be ready to open in February (and, indeed, the store looked complete, save for merchandise). But it wasn’t until July that it finally opened.
We stopped by once or twice since then to peruse and found it to be a fairly nice store, with products similarly priced to the other neighborhood “gourmet” markets. We’re not sure what went wrong, but we wish the owner the best of luck.
Photo by Robert Fernandez.
It’s finally happened.
With violent crime on the rise in Sheepshead Bay, including multiple stabbings, out of control cars, and the deadly saga of Maksim Gelman, it was only inevitable the gateway horror that would follow.
Yes, friends… the zombie apocalypse is finally upon us, and from the looks of things in the photo above, their first stop was the Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue, slated to close its doors for good on April 15.
As shoppers take advantage of prices slashed 30 to 60 percent throughout the entire store, the walking dead probably figured it was an ideal spot for them to find a surplus of juicy brains.