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Update: SuperFresh - Roselle, NJ

SuperFresh Owner: Howard Lee / Food World Supermarkets Opened:  2017 Previous Tenants:  Food Fair > Pantry Pride > Foodtown > Food King > A Seabra Foods Cooperative:  Key Food Stores Location:  550 Raritan Rd, Roselle, NJ Photographed:  January 10, 2023 Obligatory Roselle SuperFresh update. Unfortuntely, it's not all that exciting, but there has been work done. Nearly all of the interior has been cleaned out, and it does look like the space is in a condition that could be used to build out a new supermarket... but it's hard to tell. Compare this to the last update . The interior is looking emptier but cleaner, and more lights are on. I'm interested to see where this goes. Notice the very bright lights on over what used to be the grocery aisles. We'll see how much the space is renovation (cosmetically) before the store reopens -- that is, assuming it will in fact reopen. It's around two and a half years since the store closed. Just for a few glances insi

Update: Western Beef Supermarket - Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY

Western Beef Supermarket Owner: Peter J. Castellana III Opened:  ca. 2005 Previous Tenants:  A&P (1980s-ca. 2000) Cooperative:  Associated Supermarket Group Location:  2040 Forest Ave, Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY Photographed:  January 13, 2023 Remember this store? It's been some time since we first toured this 40,000 square foot store which takes up most of a former A&P in far northern Staten Island. The A&P closed around 2000, and Western Beef moved in around five years later but was open no later than 2007. I'm not sure whether Western Beef originally took up the entire 52,000 square foot building, but around 12,000 square feet of it is now a discount store on the left side. If you look at my previous photos, you'll notice that the department signage to the left of the Western Beef logo has been removed, but the store has not been reduced in size since then. It's possible when that space was vacant, Western Beef was allowed to put signage over th

Special Report: Amazon Fresh (future) - Staten Island, NY

Amazon Fresh Opening: date not announced P revious Tenants:  non-grocery tenants Location:  430 New Dorp Ln, New Dorp, Staten Island, NY Photographed:  January 13, 2023 We're here on Staten Island to check out one of several dozen or more unopened but fully built Amazon Fresh shells around the country, which has the telltale facade with the green stripes but no signage. I'm not sure how much is done on the inside since the windows were all covered over, but the 40,000 square foot store could very well be ready to launch anytime. Amazon Fresh as a whole is in limbo as extensively discussed on this forum , so this one is likely to remain as it is for some time. If this store ever does open, it's got a very tough location in an awkwardly situated strip mall on Hylan Boulevard, which within a few blocks in either direction is also home to a Stop & Shop, a very new ShopRite, the new HL Supermarket , and a small market called Family Fruit. Tomorrow we're returning to nor

TOUR: Grocery Outlet - Easton, PA

Grocery Outlet Owner: Dane & Natalie Sanford Opened:  2018 Previous Tenants:  assorted non-grocery tenants Location:  2541 Nazareth Rd, Easton, PA Photographed:  January 8, 2021 It's time for another Grocery Outlet! We saw one back in Philadelphia , and this promising hard-discount format is quickly growing in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area. The most recent opening in the area was in Hazlet, NJ, just next to the former ALDI we saw when we were down there. (I suppose I shouldn't say the format is promising as it's already been proven successful in this area and elsewhere, instead, it seems to be a successful addition to this area's competitive grocery market.) I visited my first Grocery Outlet ever back in 2015 in Allentown and was rather impressed. Unlike other discount stores that rely primarily on private label products, Grocery Outlet has a mix of storebrand and name brand items, and this 25,000 square foot store is a pleasant example of one of their newer sto

Special Report: Food Bazaar Supermarket - Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Food Bazaar Supermarket Owner: Spencer An Opened:  January 2023 Previous Tenants:  Foodtown > Edwards > Stop & Shop (2001-2023) Cooperative:  none Location:  1009 Flatbush Ave, Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed:  March 7, 2023 Welcome to the newest Food Bazaar! The approximately 60,000 square foot Flatbush Food Bazaar was built as a Melmarkets Foodtown, which in turn sold to Edwards in the 1990s and the store was then converted to Stop & Shop around 2000-01. As we'll see on the inside, very little was changed at that time, and even less since then. Food Bazaar closed the store overnight for their transition, but this transition seemed a bit more hectic than the transition at similar stores like Red Hook , which also closed only overnight. I visited about a month and a half after Food Bazaar opened, and the store is very much still a work in progress although it's feeling more like a Food Bazaar. One thing that I was not familiar with: these carts in the entranc