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Snapshot: Associated Supermarkets - Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan, NY

We're wrapping up our Manhattan stores with this Associated in the Peter Cooper Village of Manhattan. Unfortunately, yet again, a redevelopment has resulted in rents rising and a coming Trader Joe's nearby, causing owner Joe Falzon to make the decision to close up shop after 26 years. You can read much more here. It's a real shame, but it's happened so much that it's not even surprising anymore. I'll be sorry to see this one go, though. At the far end of Peter Cooper Village, though, is a relatively recently-renovated CTown that I really liked. This store is located at 409 E 14th St.

Tomorrow we're going over to Queens for the first time on The Market Report, I believe!

Photographed August 2017

Snapshot: The Food Emporium - Union Square, Manhattan, NY

Our third Manhattan Food Emporium (see here and here) was one of my usual haunts for lunch when I was in the neighborhood in the summer of 2017. I knew I could get a good lunch of two empanadas, fried plantains, and vegetables with a bottle of iced tea for under $9 - quite the deal in this neighborhood - from the hot food bar. Like the other two, this was owned by A&P and was taken over by Key Food member Seven Seas Supermarkets in the bankruptcy.
Like the Times Square South location, this one has two entrances, one in front and one in the back. This is by far my favorite Food Emporium location of the three I've visited, as it's the most solid supermarket and also seems to be the most heavily used. All of the service departments are fully stocked and well-used, even the bakery which is unusual for an urban supermarket! Great hot food, too. It's located at 10 Union Square East.

Photographed July 2017

Snapshot: D'Agostino - West Village, Manhattan, NY

This D'Agostino is a perfectly acceptable supermarket, though nothing special. It's in better shape than most of the D'Agostinos I've been to, and the building is certainly more interesting. It looks like the lower brick building to the left (the store now extends into the two-story building on the right) might be a very old supermarket, maybe an early location of the D'Agostino chain. This store, located at 790 Greenwich St, Manhattan, has some amazing sales. Excuse me, amazig.
D'Agostino always has high prices, but I think it's worth considering they're one of the very few supermarkets that actually operates in the neighborhoods they're in. But not in the way you might think -- they run stores in some of the most affluent (and highest-rent) neighborhoods of Manhattan, meaning that all the lower-cost stores have been driven out of business by rising rents. So I don't think it's particularly helpful to say that Food Bazaar usually has the p…

Snapshot: Gristedes - Murray Hill, Manhattan, NY

Just blocks from the United Nations headquarters is this Gristedes. Owned by the Red Apple Group, Gristedes has recently become a member of Allegiance Retail Services. It's located at 748 2nd Avenue.
Photographed February 2018