Taking the place of an outdated Stop & Shop here in Nyack, NY is the all-new, independently-owned Met Fresh Market. It's 28,000 square feet, a former Grand Union. Stop & Shop closed this store in favor of the newly-opened Orangeburg, NY store, much nicer, and it sat vacant for a few years before being leased by independent supermarket operator Rudy Nuñez, who also owns stores in New York City. Like so many of the stores we've been seeing recently, it was completely gutted before being reopened.
Not sure if this store still has its Grand Opening signage; at the time of my visit in February it did. (The Elizabeth Food Bazaar still has a Grand Opening banner a year after they opened!) Interesting that this store chooses to have nonfood merchandise outdoors like firewood and rock salt - most stores like this put nonperishable foods outside. Notice the garage door-type cover here. At night, they can simply pull it down and lock up the merchandise.
Heading in, you enter and immediately turn to the right to enter a spacious produce department. The front wall of the store is to the right here; the right-side wall is straight ahead.
Looking from produce towards checkout and beyond, deli/bakery. All the fixtures, as well as the flooring, are new.
Very large organic selection and lots more organic vegetables are on a separate shelf. However, pricing was a little steep for me.
Looking toward the back of the store along the first aisle. Notice how the produce department continues in the first aisle.
Looking towards the front wall of the store from the first aisle. Bulk nuts, grains, and beans are in produce cases here. My one suggestion for them in the grand aisle would be to use lower produce cases so that you can see more of the department at any given time; these cases are quite tall.
Another picture looking towards the back of the store from produce.
Produce continues about 1/2 of the way along the far-right wall of the store before switching to cold beer cases. Meat is along the back wall.
Strange placement of cheeses and cold cuts ... this is on the complete opposite side of the store from the deli! This is at the back of the first aisle.
Nice bulk coffee bar in the back corner of the first aisle - but why oh why did they use that font for GROUND COFFEE, or at least make it Ground Coffee! That font just doesn't work in all-caps.
Looking along the back of the store. The seafood counter is in the farthest point from the entrance; in the far back corner on the left-side wall. Stop & Shop did not have a fresh seafood counter or a hot food counter and had the same decor as the location in Westfield.
The yellow price labels might be a little overkill, and it might not have been a bad idea to bring those cardboard boxes back into the backroom...but otherwise a nice aisle shot (looking towards the front wall).
Nice selection of Bob's Red Mill products, but once again, pretty high prices.
The same aisle, looking towards the back wall.
There we go, that's a cleaner aisle!
Seafood in the back corner.
Unfortunately that's where the tour ends...I noticed at this point a manager eyeing me suspiciously and since I'd rather not get kicked out of another store, I gave up. But you get the idea!