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TOUR: Fine Fare Supermarkets - 149th/Melrose, Bronx, NY

Speaking of newdevelopments, this Fine Fare opened in 2016 in a new development that replaced what looks to be a commercial parking lot. The 14,000 square foot supermarket, owned by Frank Pimentel who owns a second Fine Fare at 675 Morris Ave in Melrose, takes up part of the ground floor. There's a second floor with offices and other businesses, then a rooftop parking garage.
We start with a gorgeous produce department lining the front of the store. The grocery aisles run parallel to the front wall, with checkouts and then deli/bakery on the left side wall and dairy on the right side wall. Frozen takes up the second-to-last aisle with meat in the last aisle.
This store has a very modern design, and it's looking great even about four years after its opening. As you can see, it's a high volume store.
Dairy lining the right side wall of the store. It's much deeper than it is wide.
So, the grocery aisles are pretty short.
The store generally focuses on the basics, but lea…

Snapshot: Foodtown - Melrose, Bronx, NY

Today's store is a Foodtown that, because of some crazy curved streets, is about five blocks south of yesterday's Food Bazaar. It opened in a newly built building in 2012 and is owned by the Estevez family. As I mentioned, the south Bronx has a lot of new development going up and this building is just one of dozens that have been built in this neighborhood in the past few years.

Photographed March 2019

SPECIAL REPORT: SuperFresh - Hopelawn, NJ

GRAND OPENING of SuperFresh, Hopelawn, NJ We're taking a pause from the Bronx coverage (the rest of which you can see here and which will continue tomorrow) to cover the grand opening ribbon cutting of the brand-new SuperFresh in Hopelawn, NJ! The store opened officially at 7AM on Friday, July 31, 2020 with the ribbon cutting held at 2PM. We'll have a full store tour of this location when we pass through New Jersey after we finish New York (you can expect that to begin in the late fall or early winter coming up), but for now, we're covering the ribbon cutting of this beautiful new store, which happened yesterday. Previously, we've been to the grand opening at the Food Bazaar in Elizabeth, NJ which you can see here, but this is only my second grand opening to attend. This former Pathmark closed on November 25, 2015 without a buyer, and was briefly expected to be taken over in part by a D-Town Market Fresh (which I can only assume is related to B-Town Market Fresh). The …

TOUR: Food Bazaar Supermarket - Melrose East, Bronx, NY

This 35,000 square foot Food Bazaar opened in late 2016. What makes it notable is that it's the first and only new-build Food Bazaar. All of their other stores had previously been something else in the same building, even if it wasn't a supermarket. A formerly vacant property was cleared and turned into this supermarket, with Food Bazaar's unique combination of serving longtime neighborhood residents while also making the newcomers looking for organic tofu and kombucha happy. And clearly taking advantage of the fact that much of the south Bronx has lately been converted from overgrown desolation to high-end mixed-use developments. That, by the way, is directly across the street from this Food Bazaar. Now for the store tour!
You enter and turn right to produce in the front right corner. Behind that, in the first room, is seafood in the back corner and service meat in an island on the left side. Dairy lines the back wall with frozen at the far end. Deli/bakery is in the cor…