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The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side. Photo via Dave Hogarty.
The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side. Photo via Dave Hogarty.
Photo via Dave Hogarty.

New York City’s disappearing grocery stores, mapped

Here are 14 major closings and imminent shutdowns from the last few years

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The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side. Photo via Dave Hogarty.
| Photo via Dave Hogarty.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 14, 2016, and has been updated with the most current information available.

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.

If we missed one in your neighborhood, leave a comment below or reach out via the tipline, and we’ll keep adding to this list.

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1. Chelsea Associated

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255 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

On March 11, news surfaced that the landlord of the building at 255 West 14th Street had increased the rent for the property from $32,000 per month to $200,000. Despite protests from local residents, the store, which had been operating in the neighborhood since 1989, shuttered in May 2016 when its lease expired.

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2. Gowanus Pathmark

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137 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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.

3. Park Slope Eagle Provisions

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628 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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.

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4. Boerum Hill Met Foods

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197 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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, and residents were hopeful that another supermarket would occupy the site. But in December 2016, construction workers told the Brooklyn Paper that it was in fact a TJ Maxx outpost that was being constructed, crushing all hopes of getting another local grocery store.

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5. Park Slope Key Food

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120 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

This 36,000-square-foot supermarket is being axed to make way for 165 apartments split between two mixed-use towers. Forty-one of those apartments will be affordable and 16 apartments are being reserved for residents with “very low income.” Developer Avery Hall Investments has promised to include a new 22,000-square-foot supermarket with a 20-year lease, though local residents worry that it may not be as affordable as the Key Food that is being replaced. In turn, Avery Hall assures that the new grocery store will be “community-oriented” by carrying a diverse range of products at a variety of price points.

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6. Upper West Side Gristede’s

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2551 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

The Gristede’s that once occupied the corner of Broadway and 96th Street has shuttered to make way for a building that could span approximately 200,000-square-foot building. Development company, Extell, who is also behind the conversion of Harlem’s Pathmark, has yet to officially file plans for the building.

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7. Clinton Hill Key Food

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325 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

What was once a Key Food is now on its way toward becoming an apartment building with 113 units. Developed by Slate Property Group, the building is comprised of a 15,000-square-foot commercial space along with a new, bigger grocery market. The Aufgang Architects-designed structure also includes 55 underground parking spots, and a community facility. Of the total units in the building, 57 will be affordable.

Rendering via New York YIMBY.

8. Crown Heights Key Food

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801 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

In August 2016, the owners of the Key Food 801 Washington Avenue, the Othman family, announced plans to shut the business, and replace it with an apartment building. The developer, Happy Living Development, plans to build a nine-story tower with the average apartment measuring just over 1,200-square-feet. Plans also call for a 19-car garage on the cellar level. Instead of selling the site to the developer, the Othmans have sold the air rights and decided to keep control of the property. Once the redevelopment is complete in 2019, Key Food will be restored, but will return much larger than its former space.

9. Upper East Side Food Emporium

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405 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022

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. In January 2017, it was reported that the landmarked property was slated to become a Michaels crafts store, pending LPC approval to make a few small interior changes.

The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side. Photo via Dave Hogarty.
The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side.
Photo via Dave Hogarty.

10. Williamsburg Key Food

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575 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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.

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11. East Harlem Pathmark

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160 E 125th St
New York, NY 10035

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.

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12. Forest Hills Key Food

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69-65 Yellowstone Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Slate Property Group intends to replace the one-story structure at 69-65 Yellowstone Boulevard with an 11-story rental building. According to demolition plans filed with the Department of Buildings, developers are planning for 170 apartments along with 40,000 square feet of retail to be spread out over the ground floor and the lower level. Instead of buying the site, Slate is collaborating with the existing owners, who are also working with the developer to replace the Clinton Hill Key Food with an 114-apartment building.

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13. Flushing Met Foods

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41-62 Bowne St
Flushing, NY 11355

A Met Foods in Flushing has already been demolished, and in its place developers are replacing it with a 14-story condo building with 84 apartments. The first and second floors will feature retail while the third floor will have a school. Maspeth-based architects Anthony and Angelo Ng are designing the new structure.

Architects Studio, via YIMBY.

14. Westside Market

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2171 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

On November 20, 2017, the Westside Market closed for good, reports Westside Rag. The owners of the family-owned grocery chain sought to negotiate with the property owners to rent an adjacent space that they say was needed in order for the store to remain economically viable, however, things didn’t pan out. They still have two locations remaining— one located on Broadway and 97th Street and the other at Broadway and 110th Street.

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1. Chelsea Associated

255 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Google Maps.

On March 11, news surfaced that the landlord of the building at 255 West 14th Street had increased the rent for the property from $32,000 per month to $200,000. Despite protests from local residents, the store, which had been operating in the neighborhood since 1989, shuttered in May 2016 when its lease expired.

255 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

2. Gowanus Pathmark

137 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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.

137 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

3. Park Slope Eagle Provisions

628 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Courtesy DNAinfo.

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.

628 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

4. Boerum Hill Met Foods

197 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Google Maps.

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, and residents were hopeful that another supermarket would occupy the site. But in December 2016, construction workers told the Brooklyn Paper that it was in fact a TJ Maxx outpost that was being constructed, crushing all hopes of getting another local grocery store.

197 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Park Slope Key Food

120 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Avery Hall Investments.

This 36,000-square-foot supermarket is being axed to make way for 165 apartments split between two mixed-use towers. Forty-one of those apartments will be affordable and 16 apartments are being reserved for residents with “very low income.” Developer Avery Hall Investments has promised to include a new 22,000-square-foot supermarket with a 20-year lease, though local residents worry that it may not be as affordable as the Key Food that is being replaced. In turn, Avery Hall assures that the new grocery store will be “community-oriented” by carrying a diverse range of products at a variety of price points.

120 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

6. Upper West Side Gristede’s

2551 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Google Maps.

The Gristede’s that once occupied the corner of Broadway and 96th Street has shuttered to make way for a building that could span approximately 200,000-square-foot building. Development company, Extell, who is also behind the conversion of Harlem’s Pathmark, has yet to officially file plans for the building.

2551 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

7. Clinton Hill Key Food

325 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Rendering via New York YIMBY.

What was once a Key Food is now on its way toward becoming an apartment building with 113 units. Developed by Slate Property Group, the building is comprised of a 15,000-square-foot commercial space along with a new, bigger grocery market. The Aufgang Architects-designed structure also includes 55 underground parking spots, and a community facility. Of the total units in the building, 57 will be affordable.

325 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

8. Crown Heights Key Food

801 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

In August 2016, the owners of the Key Food 801 Washington Avenue, the Othman family, announced plans to shut the business, and replace it with an apartment building. The developer, Happy Living Development, plans to build a nine-story tower with the average apartment measuring just over 1,200-square-feet. Plans also call for a 19-car garage on the cellar level. Instead of selling the site to the developer, the Othmans have sold the air rights and decided to keep control of the property. Once the redevelopment is complete in 2019, Key Food will be restored, but will return much larger than its former space.

801 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. Upper East Side Food Emporium

405 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022
The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side. Photo via Dave Hogarty.
The former Food Emporium on the Upper East Side.
Photo via Dave Hogarty.

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. In January 2017, it was reported that the landmarked property was slated to become a Michaels crafts store, pending LPC approval to make a few small interior changes.

405 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022

10. Williamsburg Key Food

575 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
PropertyShark.

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.

575 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. East Harlem Pathmark

160 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035
Google Maps.

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.

160 E 125th St
New York, NY 10035

12. Forest Hills Key Food

69-65 Yellowstone Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Via Google Maps

Slate Property Group intends to replace the one-story structure at 69-65 Yellowstone Boulevard with an 11-story rental building. According to demolition plans filed with the Department of Buildings, developers are planning for 170 apartments along with 40,000 square feet of retail to be spread out over the ground floor and the lower level. Instead of buying the site, Slate is collaborating with the existing owners, who are also working with the developer to replace the Clinton Hill Key Food with an 114-apartment building.

69-65 Yellowstone Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375

13. Flushing Met Foods

41-62 Bowne St, Flushing, NY 11355
Architects Studio, via YIMBY.

A Met Foods in Flushing has already been demolished, and in its place developers are replacing it with a 14-story condo building with 84 apartments. The first and second floors will feature retail while the third floor will have a school. Maspeth-based architects Anthony and Angelo Ng are designing the new structure.

41-62 Bowne St
Flushing, NY 11355

14. Westside Market

2171 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
Google Maps.

On November 20, 2017, the Westside Market closed for good, reports Westside Rag. The owners of the family-owned grocery chain sought to negotiate with the property owners to rent an adjacent space that they say was needed in order for the store to remain economically viable, however, things didn’t pan out. They still have two locations remaining— one located on Broadway and 97th Street and the other at Broadway and 110th Street.

2171 Broadway
New York, NY 10024