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Snapshot: Ideal Food Basket - Haverstraw, NY

Let's jump just next door from 9W Farm to Ideal Food Basket, which is more of a complete supermarket. It's part of America's Food Basket, an approximately 50-store cooperative with stores primarily in New York City and the Boston metropolitan area.
For whatever reason, I felt the need to again summarize the history of America's Food Basket. Even though I had done it before. More than once. I suppose the only thing I can add now is that the original NSA group was specifically a group of Dominican store owners (as, by the way, both Fine Fare and Bravo were).
It's a very interesting building here with the arch roof and the random castle-like facade, all combined with the elongated-A&P-type capsule shape sign.
I don't know anything about the history of this building other than the fact that the Ideal was previously an NSA and before that, a Met Foodmarkets (as most Ideal stores were). I know this from a mixture of conjecture and the observations that (1) the storefront still sports the NSA logo in two places, and (2) until recently, there was a listing on Google Maps for a Met Foodmarket at this location. It looks to me as though it could have been a skating rink or bowling alley previously, though.
If you zoom in, you can see the slightly faded NSA logo on the red sign. The store is located at 210 US-9W, Haverstraw, NY.

Photographed June 2017


  1. Didn't A&P have a barrel roofed design at one point (before the more familiar Centennial design)? Maybe something of theirs from way back?

    1. I think you're on to something there. Yes, A&P had a barrel design in maybe the early 50s, such as this location.

      That store is at 924 Prospect St, Glen Rock, NJ and is still a grocery store. It was later retrofitted as a Centennial-style store, although a full conversion didn't take place.

      If you look at key details and think about the basic structure of the facade here in Haverstraw, the building is quite similar, although Haverstraw is about 5,000 square feet larger. What throws me off is (1) the windows across the front, or lack thereof; and (2) the fact that the doors are on the diagonal rather than facing the side of the building. These, of course, could have been modified by later renovations.

      Thanks for the tip!


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