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Map: New York City's Disappearing Grocery Stores

Here are 11 major closings and imminent shutdowns from the last few years

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In the past few years a spate of food stores have closed across the city, leaving some neighborhoods without an affordable option for groceries—or any option, depending on the area. Many factors have led to these closures: Some stores were driven out by rent increases, while others are being transformed into large-scale residential developments. Still more were affected by the bankruptcy of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, or A&P, which subsequently led to the auctioning off of several stores. A majority of the supermarket closures took place in Brooklyn, where many are being replaced by residential developments amid increasing protests from local residents—and here, we've compiled a list of some of the major closures in Kings County and beyond.

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Park Slope Key Food

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This 36,000-square-foot supermarket will likely be axed to make way for 165 apartments, 41 of which will be affordable. Developer Avery Hall Investments has promised retail on the ground floor, which could include a grocery store. But local residents worry that the new store will not be as large or as affordable as the Key Food, and that the threshold for affordability is far too high. The project still needs final approval from the Department of City Planning and Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and local pols are insisting that the city agencies listen Park Slope residents.

Flushing Met Foods

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A Met Foods in Flushing has already been demolished, and in its place developers will build a 14-story condo building with 84 apartments. The first and second floors will feature retail and third floor will have a school. Excavation work was already underway at the site when we last checked in. Maspeth-based architects Anthony and Angelo Ng are designing the new structure.

Clinton Hill Key Food

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What was once a Key Food will soon be home to an apartment building with 113 units. Developed by Slate Property Group, the building will also have a 15,000-square-foot commercial space, though it's unclear whether it will be another grocery store. The Aufgang Architects-designed structure will also include 55 underground parking spots, and a community facility. Of the total units in the building, 57 will be affordable.

Williamsburg Key Food

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This is more an addition than it is a replacement (maybe). The Key Food on Williamsburg's Grand Street may get a residential building above it. The manager of the grocery store wouldn't answer specific questions about the change, but did say that reports about the apartments being located above the store aren't entirely accurate. Regardless plans call for the creation of 107 apartments, 72 parking spots, and a roof deck at the top.

Gowanus Pathmark

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It's still not known what will eventually replace the former Pathmark grocery store in Gowanus. The store went on the chopping block after its parent company A&P filed for bankruptcy, and was eventually auctioned off to a developer who is courting offers for the space. The developer hasn't ruled out the possibility of another grocery store replacing Pathmark, but also received offers from a clothing company, a shipping company, and a wedding hall operator among several other retailers.

Boerum Hill Met Foods

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Here's some not so depressing news—for once. When it was announced in 2014 that the Met Foods on Smith Street in Boerum Hill had been purchased, neighborhood residents feared that the building would be demolished. However the developer has since revealed plans to retain the structure and add an additional story. It's likely that it will be another supermarket, but what's unclear is whether it will be an affordable one like the Met Foods.

Washington Heights Associated

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Last month, Washington Heights residents protested the closing of a local Associated supermarket. Reports suggest it could be replaced by a Walgreens, though representatives for the building and Walgreens have yet to comment on the matter. According to the owner of the Associated, the landlord did not give the supermarket a chance to renew its lease after it expired at the end of last year. Meanwhile a petition to save the supermarket has garnered over 5,000 signatures.

East Harlem Pathmark

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The closure of the Pathmark supermarket in East Harlem was jarring to local residents who already have to contend with the fact that there aren't many supermarkets in the neighborhood. Extell Development Company purchased the site, which was co-owned by a local charity group and the city's Economic Development Corporation, for $39 million. But since then, none of the parties have come forward to discuss what will happen next. A spokesperson for Extell told the Wall Street Journal that Pathmark closed not because of the development company's purchase but rather due to A&P (Pathmark's parent company) filing for bankruptcy.

Chelsea Associated

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This is the latest grocery store to face the chopping block. News emerged on March 11 that the landlord had increased the rent for the property from $32,000 per month to $200,000. The astronomical hike means the store, which has been operating in the neighborhood since 1989, could shutter when its lease expires in May 2016. Local residents and elected officials have now banded together to help save the store though representatives for Associated and the landlord have yet to comment on the matter.

Park Slope Eagle Provisions

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This beloved Polish store shut down in the summer of 2015 after being in business for decades. There was speculation that the rents might have been too high for the owners, and there was also talk that the neighborhood might have changed too much since the store opened and traffic had declined. The owners even tried to get an investor on board to perhaps build a larger structure and continue to operate the store, but zoning wouldn't allow it. In its heyday the store sold 2,500 different kinds of beer, along with many different types of traditional Polish food.

Upper East Side Food Emporium

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This Food Emporium might not have been the critical, affordable neighborhood grocery store that many of the others on this list were, but it was certainly an architectural marvel. Located beneath the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge, the store was notable for its Guastavino-designed vaulted ceiling. Brokers in the area said the store had been unprofitable for a while and that the space would be better suited for other uses. This was also one of the stores hit by A&P's bankruptcy.

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Park Slope Key Food

This 36,000-square-foot supermarket will likely be axed to make way for 165 apartments, 41 of which will be affordable. Developer Avery Hall Investments has promised retail on the ground floor, which could include a grocery store. But local residents worry that the new store will not be as large or as affordable as the Key Food, and that the threshold for affordability is far too high. The project still needs final approval from the Department of City Planning and Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and local pols are insisting that the city agencies listen Park Slope residents.

Flushing Met Foods

A Met Foods in Flushing has already been demolished, and in its place developers will build a 14-story condo building with 84 apartments. The first and second floors will feature retail and third floor will have a school. Excavation work was already underway at the site when we last checked in. Maspeth-based architects Anthony and Angelo Ng are designing the new structure.

Clinton Hill Key Food

What was once a Key Food will soon be home to an apartment building with 113 units. Developed by Slate Property Group, the building will also have a 15,000-square-foot commercial space, though it's unclear whether it will be another grocery store. The Aufgang Architects-designed structure will also include 55 underground parking spots, and a community facility. Of the total units in the building, 57 will be affordable.

Williamsburg Key Food

This is more an addition than it is a replacement (maybe). The Key Food on Williamsburg's Grand Street may get a residential building above it. The manager of the grocery store wouldn't answer specific questions about the change, but did say that reports about the apartments being located above the store aren't entirely accurate. Regardless plans call for the creation of 107 apartments, 72 parking spots, and a roof deck at the top.

Gowanus Pathmark

It's still not known what will eventually replace the former Pathmark grocery store in Gowanus. The store went on the chopping block after its parent company A&P filed for bankruptcy, and was eventually auctioned off to a developer who is courting offers for the space. The developer hasn't ruled out the possibility of another grocery store replacing Pathmark, but also received offers from a clothing company, a shipping company, and a wedding hall operator among several other retailers.

Boerum Hill Met Foods

Here's some not so depressing news—for once. When it was announced in 2014 that the Met Foods on Smith Street in Boerum Hill had been purchased, neighborhood residents feared that the building would be demolished. However the developer has since revealed plans to retain the structure and add an additional story. It's likely that it will be another supermarket, but what's unclear is whether it will be an affordable one like the Met Foods.

Washington Heights Associated

Last month, Washington Heights residents protested the closing of a local Associated supermarket. Reports suggest it could be replaced by a Walgreens, though representatives for the building and Walgreens have yet to comment on the matter. According to the owner of the Associated, the landlord did not give the supermarket a chance to renew its lease after it expired at the end of last year. Meanwhile a petition to save the supermarket has garnered over 5,000 signatures.

East Harlem Pathmark

The closure of the Pathmark supermarket in East Harlem was jarring to local residents who already have to contend with the fact that there aren't many supermarkets in the neighborhood. Extell Development Company purchased the site, which was co-owned by a local charity group and the city's Economic Development Corporation, for $39 million. But since then, none of the parties have come forward to discuss what will happen next. A spokesperson for Extell told the Wall Street Journal that Pathmark closed not because of the development company's purchase but rather due to A&P (Pathmark's parent company) filing for bankruptcy.

Chelsea Associated

This is the latest grocery store to face the chopping block. News emerged on March 11 that the landlord had increased the rent for the property from $32,000 per month to $200,000. The astronomical hike means the store, which has been operating in the neighborhood since 1989, could shutter when its lease expires in May 2016. Local residents and elected officials have now banded together to help save the store though representatives for Associated and the landlord have yet to comment on the matter.

Park Slope Eagle Provisions

This beloved Polish store shut down in the summer of 2015 after being in business for decades. There was speculation that the rents might have been too high for the owners, and there was also talk that the neighborhood might have changed too much since the store opened and traffic had declined. The owners even tried to get an investor on board to perhaps build a larger structure and continue to operate the store, but zoning wouldn't allow it. In its heyday the store sold 2,500 different kinds of beer, along with many different types of traditional Polish food.

Upper East Side Food Emporium

This Food Emporium might not have been the critical, affordable neighborhood grocery store that many of the others on this list were, but it was certainly an architectural marvel. Located beneath the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge, the store was notable for its Guastavino-designed vaulted ceiling. Brokers in the area said the store had been unprofitable for a while and that the space would be better suited for other uses. This was also one of the stores hit by A&P's bankruptcy.