C-Town to move in to former Foodtown location
By Bill Parry
A C-Town supermarket is moving into 41-25 Greenpoint Ave., filling the void left by Foodtown’s closing last December.
C-Town, which is the fifth largest food retailer in New York City, is expected to open by late summer, according to Dennis Wallin, who is the vice president of retail development for Alpha 1 Marketing, the firm that is developing and branding the new store.
“To do it right it will take some time,” Wallin said. “The architect is drawing up plans for a completely new [C-Town] storefront, and once it’s finished the neighborhood will be proud of it,” he added.
There are more than 200 C-Town stores in the Northeast. Wallin called C-Town a reasonably priced chain, one that takes community relations very seriously. Each store is independently owned and operated.
Wallin was unwilling to identify the new owner. However, he said,“The owner has another very successful supermarket in the area.”
Besides brand name groceries, C-Town carries its own Krasdale Foods label. Wallin said the store will feature a deli and bakery section, and will sell prepared foods and organic foods, as well.
Wallin said his company is well aware that nearly 30 longtime employees lost their jobs or were reassigned to other stores when Foodtown closed, “We’ll take a close look at their resumes when we start accepting them in early July.”
He also said that C-Town traditionally hires staff locally, “We’re a good neighbor and we’re in for the long haul,” he said, adding, “It’s a long lease.”