New supermarket to replace shuttered Foodtown
By Bill Parry
A new supermarket is opening on Greenpoint Avenue at the location that was previously occupied by Foodtown.
Foodtown, which operated at 41-25 Greenpoint Ave., closed in December following the store owner’s inability to renew the lease with Jamal Hammad,
the owner of Maysa Realty.
Public officials argued that Hammad sought an exorbitant rent and was possibly warehousing the space for development purposes. Hammad
didn’t respond to repeated calls at the time.
However, Victor Batista, a property manager for Maysa Realty, said Friday that a new supermarket will open in that space–without getting into specifics. “The new supermarket will open later this year and the entire neighborhood will be proud of it.”
When Foodtown closed, 30-plus jobs were lost and a protest was held. However, the employees were all offered jobs at other stores in the borough.