Welcome to Port Chester, NY! For anyone not familiar with this city, it's actually pronounced PORT chester, not port CHESter as you might think (same inflection as Westchester).
Before we tour this store - I drove by this store (on the highway) earlier today, and it looked like it might be closed, and I thought the sign was missing from the street. I could be wrong, though. These Key Food stores seem to be dropping like flies - Superfresh Garwood is closed for renovations (supposedly), and I heard Key Food in Peekskill, NY is closing this week. It's an old A&P Sav-A-Center. Does anyone know if this store is still open?
Now on to the Key Food of Port Chester. It was built in 1982 as a Pathmark. Thanks to the real estate company's outdated website, we can learn that it comes in at just under 60,000 square feet and is situated in a small strip mall on four acres. Apparently this store was run by an outfit called the St. Anthony Supermarket Corp., a Supermarkets General/Pathmark affiliate. I know other Pathmarks were run instead by Pathmark Stores Inc. or Supermarkets General Corp., so I don't know where St. Anthony comes in here. Many independent stores use the formula [ADDRESS] Meat & Produce Corp., for instance, 241 Walker Meat & Produce Corp. for a store at 241 Walker St.
Key Food - or more specifically, Anthony Peña, who also owns Key Food stores in Bridgeport and Norwalk, CT under the co-branding Key Food/CityMarket - has done no substantive renovations in this location. It's a practically original Path to Savings store with some slight modifications.
They're still using the Pathmark carts too, and there were surprisingly few carts around (look at that lineup outside the Pathmark here!).
spray paint here!
Like many Pathmark Super Centers, the produce aisle is in the middle of the store. The area to the right would have been all HABA with pharmacy in the front; meat/seafood/deli along the back wall; and bakery in the far corner along the front wall. Key Food has no seafood or pharmacy.
Obviously this store's best features are its produce department and its international selection. Otherwise the store seems to be stuck in a transitional period which it likely will never escape from. It has great potential but to really bring it up to its potential would require a lot of time, effort, and $$$$ that these operators just don't have. It's really a shame. It doesn't help that there's a Compare Foods in downtown Port Chester and a Whole Foods within walking distance of this store, which cover the two ends of the spectrum.
Oh yes, and one other strange thing about this store - it didn't have its own circular. I've seen stores with no circular before, but never one that used the circular for a different location - at the front entrance was a stack of circulars for the store at 717 West Ave in Norwalk, CT. Come on, get your act together!
If this store were to close, I'd love to see a Food Bazaar move in here. They have the resources to realize this store's potential and it's the perfect neighborhood for them. It's heavily ethnic and generally lower-income, yet with higher-income residents surrounding it and the impending redevelopment of Port Chester, it could be an ideal location for them.
Key Food Supermarket130 Midland Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573
Open Mon-Sat 7AM-9PM, Sun 7:30AM-9PM
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆