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.
- 1980s - This decor. We can see the bones of it still intact here. A very simple version is in the Sunset Park store.
- 1990s - This decor. Some examples: Bedford Park, New London, Kingsbridge Heights, Marble Hill, Bravo in Orange.
- 2000s - This decor. Some examples: Greenpoint, Bravo in Dover, Bravo in Sunset Park North.
- 2010s - This decor. Some examples: Fordham Heights, along with a few stores coming soon to the blog: Hempstead, Lancaster, East Flatbush, and others. A beautiful modern decor package, especially when it's in its most deluxe form like Fordham Heights.
Anyway, this store originally had the 1980s decor and store format, the basic structures of which we can still very much recognize in this store.
Like the beautiful lit indented ceiling! The hanging signs and lettering on the walls is clearly of a different design from any of those CTown decor packages, but still looks good with the 1980s-style lit ceiling.
Deli-bakery-hot food-butcher are in a small corner immediately to the left of the entrance. Produce expands behind it with meats on the right side, on the side of the grocery aisles. Dairy lines the back wall of the store with frozen in the third aisle, oddly leaving the last aisle with nonfoods.
Jamaica to the east is more densely Hispanic and Caribbean, which is noticeably reflected in the selection here. Meanwhile, Jamaica Estates (to the north) is significantly more affluent, causing this store and our upcoming Ideal Food Basket to focus more extensively on organic and specialty products. The doors visible straight ahead here lead to the meat room and behind the deli-bakery counter.
Dairy with some very nice new fixtures on the back wall.
Frozen in some beautiful new cases is in the third aisle (the first produce/meat aisle is not numbered). There are eight aisles in all, including produce.
I don't know that I've ever seen nonfoods in the last aisle like this. I highly doubt that's the original layout of the store, especially given the soffit over the shelving. I would bet the left wall here would have originally been frozen.
The front end is under a bit of a drop ceiling with some more cool lighting fixtures. Great flooring too!
This CTown is a great store! Nicely laid out, good selection, excellent product mix reflecting everyone's needs. Also a great store is the Ideal Food Basket just east on Hillside Avenue that we're going to see next!
169-15 Hillside Ave, Jamaica Estates, NY
Photographed December 2019