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More Comings and Goings


  • I'm a little late on this one. The ribbon was officially cut on Gary's Market IGA at 7938 Dungan Rd in Philadelphia, PA on September 29, 2017. It was formerly the Holiday Market, run through the now-defunct Thriftway Shop n Bag cooperative. Under the same owners, Gary's is a member of IGA subgroup Retail Marketing Group, which does business as Your Local IGA.
  • Property records suggest that Western Beef may be opening a new location at 205 W. 230th St in the Bronx, on a site that currently holds several smaller businesses. While no official announcement has come from Western Beef, the Riverdale Press did publish an article with more information.
  • Lincoln Park residents Joanne and Marty Mulhearn have opened a new, independent fresh market called The Village Market in the Towaco section of Montville, NJ. With deli, prepared foods, meat, bakery, produce, cheese, and a salad bar, the market sounds more gourmet than mainstream. It's in a new development in the suburban-bordering-on-rural township in Morris County.


  • While there has been no official announcement yet, it's pretty clear that Olive Tree Marketplace in Denville, NJ is on its way out. The scenario seems strangely close to that of the Foodtown/Shop Fair of Howard Beach, which may be a future Food Bazaar. However, upon closer investigation, it's quite easily explained: Dave Shehadeh is an owner of Olive Tree and Fahmi Shehadeh was an owner at Foodtown/Shop Fair. Check out my Flickr page to see more.

Scroll down to see today's store tour, Gala Fresh Farms in Passaic, NJ!