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After heading east from Jamaica North (see here and here), we enter Long Island proper -- though, in reality, Brooklyn and Queens are geographically part of the island, they are not generally referred to as part of Long Island. North Hempstead is the first town, and on Long Island, the towns are further divided into incorporated villages and unincorporated hamlets. So North Hempstead will include, in our visit, a quick look at just four stores in the village of Great Neck and the hamlets of Roslyn Heights and Albertson. Check back tomorrow for a Snapshot right here on The Market Report!

TOUR: Ideal Food Basket - Jamaica Estates, NY

Our final store of the Jamaica North group is also the most impressive. This Ideal Food Basket started in the 1950s as a Waldbaum's. At some later point, it became a Pioneer, switching to Fine Fare and then back to Pioneer. Around 2013, it was bought and converted to one of the flagship Ideal Food Basket stores. And while it's not huge (16,000 square feet), it certainly feels like it, at almost double the size of the CTown we saw yesterday.
The store, which is attached to a residential complex, also has a two-level parking garage immediately next to it. There is reserved space on the first level for Ideal, where you can park for free with a minimum purchase. Checkouts run along the side of the store, with one entrance (here) to dairy and customer service, and an entrance to the street to deli/bakery and produce. Produce runs along the front wall, with meat and seafood on the side wall opposite the parking garage. Frozen is in the middle of the store. Now, a note on the store:…

TOUR: CTown Supermarkets - Jamaica Estates, NY

We're in for a treat today. This store has been a CTown for many years, though it was definitely a big chain store before that. It offers a fascinating combination of traditional groceries, Middle Eastern and South Asian foods, Latin and Caribbean foods, and organic and specialty items. Quite a bit for being just 7800 square feet.
We can see what the exterior used to look like here. It's hard to pinpoint when the renovations both inside and outside happened, but I would guess around 2010. We'll head inside in a moment, to see the bones of a very familiar CTown store format with updated decor and fixtures.
While CTown stores are independently owned, we do see some standardized decor among the store locations, such as the decor this location previously had. From what I can tell, here's some notes on the CTown (and later, Bravo) decor packages. All the dates are complete estimates.

1980s - This decor. We can see the bones of it still intact here. A very simple version is …

TOUR: Foodtown - Jamaica West, NY

There are two Ferreira Foods-owned Foodtowns in Jamaica, with this one at Parsons Blvd and 84th Rd (eight blocks north of Hillside Ave), and one to the east of this at Jamaica Ave and 173rd St (four blocks south of Hillside). The Jamaica Ave location was also the original King Kullen supermarket.
I'm pretty sure this location was a Waldbaum's previously, though all the Ferreira stores were Met Foodmarkets until 2014, when they became Foodtowns.
The layout here is fairly standard: produce in the first aisle, with deli/bakery at the back and customer service at the front; meats along the back wall; dairy in the last aisle; frozen in the front corner.
The decor is on the older side, but as we'll see, the store is in great condition, absolutely spotless throughout. And no, the sign doesn't say "del bak," but the letters are shiny metal which reflects oddly to make the i and ery invisible at this angle.
Deli runs along the side wall (to the right) with bakery on …

Snapshot: Key Food Supermarkets - Briarwood, NY

Today we have a quick look at a Key Food in Briarwood, just north of Richmond Hill, which was photographed by our contributor Joe Z. who was eating at the now-closed Flagship Diner just across the street.
This store, clearly constructed from a few different buildings that have been combined into one supermarket, appears to have been owned by Dan's Supreme Supermarkets until 2018 but is now owned by an independent operator. It's located at 138-37 Queens Blvd, Briarwood, NY.

Photographed March 2018