Friday, December 28, 2018

TOUR: Met Foodmarkets - Bay Ridge

Do you like my oval around the Met Foodmarkets logo for the map here? If you think either I've really gone crazy, or that I need way too much encouragement, just hear me out on this one.
So the problem stems from the fact that the Met logo on Met's website is high resolution, but the inside of the "e" is white while the rest of the background is transparent. That was way too obvious when I put the logo into Adobe Illustrator, and rather than open up Photoshop to remove the white spot, I somehow thought it would be easier to just make an oval. When that looked strange, I added the gradient border. Which doesn't look great, but at least it's been done before, on the circular for the Met up in Sunset Park (in the past). There you go. Now, for our store tour!
Although I don't know what the building was previously, it was almost certainly not a supermarket. It didn't have any windows along the front and is clearly a Frankenstein monster of several different rooms and spaces combined pretty haphazardly. You enter and exit through the same door on the right, with a checkout counter along the right side wall. Produce is in the second room, on the left above, with meat at the back of the right-side room and dairy along the right side wall.
Here's the produce section in the front of the left side room. You can see the doorways into the right side room on the right above. Produce is scattered across a few random cases, most or all of which were probably secondhand when the store opened in 2013.
The store has four aisles in total, which as you can see here are labeled A, B, C, and D. A is the first aisle where dairy and the register are.
Looking over to the register counter from the produce area. I wouldn't even call this store a large bodega because it doesn't have a deli, and bodegas typically do. It does, however, sell fresh meat.
Produce case showing some standard items and a few more exotic ones. The produce wasn't bad at all.
The rest of aisle D contains frozen foods and grocery items.
Looking back up towards the front of the store. The door visible here is no longer in use.
Doorway to the right half of the store about halfway back.
As you can see, the small space is also very cluttered. This makes it somewhat difficult to navigate in places.
Looking along the back wall of the store. Although the store is quite small, it does still have staples like pet food, as seen here on the right.
Aisle B, or the second aisle. At the back of aisle B there is a small meat section that's kind of a hallway going back, with its two walls lined with meat cases.
Left side, and...
...right side. As you can tell from the random displays and products around, the store is not particularly well organized.
Dairy in aisle A. Which could be the first or the last aisle, depending on how you look at it.
And to finish up our tour, can you figure out what's wrong with this picture? Not an unusual problem, but still amusing.

Met Foodmarkets

8210 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Open Mon-Sat 8AM-9PM, Sun 8AM-6PM
http://www.metfoods.com
(718) 836-7276
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