Is the Grocery Store Shake Up Bad for New Yorkers?

Is the Grocery Store Shake Up Bad for New Yorkers?

Chris Phillips
Nov 5, 2007

D'Agostino and Gristede's grocery chains are closing some locations here in NYC. Rent is just too high, owners report.

Some say good riddance to the closing of stores known for high prices and a less-than-excellent shopping experience.

But what about people who have limited mobility, limited incomes, or just limited time to get supper on the table. Where will they do their food shopping?

We noticed that the D'Ags in Park Slope closed in April and will become a bank. Gristede's closed supermarkets in Murray Hill, the West Village (pictured) and Central Park West.

National chains Whole Foods and Trader Joe's plus Fairway and Fresh Direct and gourmet shops like Dean and Deluca and Westside Market continue to expand the areas they serve, but they are not yet as accessible as neighborhood grocery stores.

New drug stores with so-called food shoppes are moving in to some of these locations. While they sell convenience foods, they don't offer meat (except for meat in a can!) or fresh produce.

We're glad the city's Greenmarkets, farmer's markets and CSA programs continue to expand and become a more convenient option for New Yorkers (We saw people paying by credit card at the Grand Army Plaza market this weekend!). We also appreciate Western Beef's efforts to stay in the city and keep prices down while offering a wide variety of fresh food.

What do you think about the future of the grocery store in New York City and other cities? We're wondering what this grocery store changing of the guard say about how New Yorker's cook now.

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