Monday, July 22, 2019

TOUR: Key Food - Norwood

Time flies when you're having fun, so it's hard to believe we're already on the second-to-last store tour of the Bronx group! This Key Food was previously a Pioneer Supermarket, but has been a Key Food for at least about 20 years.
This store is owned by the Luna brothers, who also own many other grocery stores in the area under many, many banners. One such store is the SuperFresh of Glen Rock.
This store is not in as good condition as the SuperFresh in Glen Rock. It looks particularly bad on the outside, although as we'll see, it gets better inside.
Definitely old-style lettering here on this sign, starting to show its age.
You enter on the right side of the store. The deli is immediately inside on the right, with produce lining the first aisle and meats on the back wall. Frozen and dairy are in the last aisle.
Hot food counter definitely closed for the day. But still a pretty nice-sized deli in a very small store.
You see what I mean, it doesn't look too bad once you get inside. Sure, definitely on the old side of things and maybe all the colors don't match, but it's nicely maintained.
As usual, the condiments and such line the aisle facing produce.
Nice color coding of the checkerboard -- green for produce, red for meat. We'll see that they deviate from Acme's similar style in a little bit.
The newer-looking shelving throws me off. I'm not sure how old it is, but I don't think this type of shelving was being put in grocery stores before 2000 or so (and the store certainly looks older than 2000). It's possible it was replaced later.
Here's a look across the front-end from the produce side.
Now for whatever reason, I felt the need to take pictures in multiple grocery aisles, even though there's not all that much to see. So enjoy the next few shots that all look alike.
Okay, these beams are an interesting feature. Too bad we can't see them better with the stuff piled around them.
Hmm, these paper towels are making the aisle awful narrow. Also, I love the grouping of baby food and Ziploc on the aisle marker. Aren't those usually related products?
Ten aisles in total, with dairy on the store side and frozen on the side wall. Where Acme used blue for frozen/dairy, this Key Food uses yellow checkerboard tile. Can't say I love it, I think red or black checkerboard works best.
Some pretty old freezer cases here looking towards the back wall of the store.
Here's a look across the front end of the store before we head out, with some awesome checkout lights! Definitely a little rough around the edges, more so than most of the stores we've seen in the Bronx, but not bad overall. And with that we're speeding right into the last week of the Bronx group!

Key Food Supermarkets

3515 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY
Open Mon-Sat 8AM-9PM, Sun 8AM-7PM
keyfood.com
(718) 881-8790
Photographed June 2018

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