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Stop & Shop to Close Its 48th Street Location Oct. 20

Stop & Shop on 48th Street, pictured, will be closing Oct. 20 (Photo: Queens Post)

Oct. 3, 2022 By Christian Murray

Stop & Shop supermarket will be shutting down its 48th Street location in Long Island City later this month, the company has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Stop & Shop said the store will close on Oct. 20 after it made a decision at the beginning of the year not to renew its lease at its 34-51 48th St. location.

“After a detailed review of the operating performance of our stores, we have made the difficult decision to not renew our lease at our store…,” said Stefanie Shuman, external communications manager for Stop & Shop.

The company will offer its employees positions at other area Stop & Shop locations once the store closes.

“We will operate the Long Island Stop & Shop store until Oct. 20, and we look forward to serving the community until then,” Shuman said.

The announcement comes about 18 months after BJ’s Wholesale Club opened its Long Island City store across the street at 34-60 48th St.

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Rhiannon

Youre100% right. Plus all those key food chains have a small selection, are more expensive, and are horribly run.

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Rhiannon

Yay. More shops for anybody but the ppl that built this community. A Hispanic market or middle eastern would even make more sense.. SnS was the only nearby market that offered all kinds of good food at a good price. For shame.

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Anonymous

Where am I going to Stop and Shop? Only choice now are smaller Key Foods under all different names (Urban Meadow brands). Fresh N Save, Green Meadow, Food Universe and Super Fresh are all Key Food. A total monopoly in Sunnyside now, except for the large Food Bazaar where the old Pathmark was. Prices are going to skyrocket now along the smaller grocery stores on Skillman, 43 Avenue, and Greenpoint Avenue. Stop and Shop was the best around after Pathmark closed. What is going to take over the space?

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Competition is good for consumers.

I noticed it was a monopoly when they always had the same items on sale and the small signs with the sale prices were the same. Also my card for one store worked in the two others.

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Jim

Wow, great analysis of the food shopping situation in Sunnyside. You must have lots of time on your hands!

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Josephine

Just food shop on line. They even accept SNAP as payment. Been using it ever since i got internet thanks to Won.

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Gardens Watcher

Sorry to see them go. I hope some other grocery chain takes the spot. We have enough discount stores already.

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Stacy P.

@Maria – I heard Walmart cant do business in Queens They have to stay in LI . Yes I would like to see it come here

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Gardens Watcher

Thankfully not big enough for a Walmart. I heard a Korean market may be moving in there, which won’t be a draw for me.

I was in there today. Lots of empty shelves but not big markdowns on most items. At least the back ramp is open again and the roof has been resurfaced.

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Angel

I am really sad this store is closing. We are losing too many of our affordable supermarkets. It, s not fair.

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Carmen Marrero

I am a resident in your area and a senior. It’s a convenient walk to the supermarket. I really enjoyed and will miss shopping at this location stop & shop. 😒

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EB

It’s really a shame that they are closing .. there isn’t a nice supermarket close by in the neighborhood.. I come every week there to shop from Manhattan.. it’s really a shame. Something really should be done to stop it.. and if they’re making a target we really don’t need any targets there ..

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Ty Sullivan

So now we are stuck with NO selection of different grocery selections at the “we only and always have the same boring items” at BJs.
Thank you Stop and Shop for really being a great neighborhood grocery emporium!

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Anonymous

rude comment Food Bazaar is an excellent supermarket for sure – S&S has been going down hill for the last 6 years or so – very dirty for sure and the store was always smelling horrible –

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C'mon Man

BJ’s is expensive, like costco. these warehouse stores do not have good prices. you are better off buying at a small supermarket that has sales and often reduces prices by half. you’ll never find that deal at BJ’s. and there’s a $55 membership fee. but thats all on the grocery side. that being said, nothing tops buying electronics at costco. they additional 5 years warranty they add on is worth it.

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Rosemary Berg

Please don’t close your doors on October 20,2022. We need your business store to shop at. I shop your shop every week. I love shop & stop.

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C'mon Man

i think its too late for that. the lease is up. they cant just squat there. commercial tenants do not have the same rights as residential tenants.

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Bliss Street

She seems fine with it for guys that know the difference between “accept” and “except”.

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Linda

It’s sad because Stop and Shop is a great supermarket. I have a membership at BJ’s and still went to Stop and Shop 100% of the time.

The BJ’s on Northern Blvd is not that big. It does not carry a lot of items Stop and Shop did. I am truly sorry to see them leave the neighborhood.

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JoeBama Magoo

wow, 2 weeks notice. time to stock up. food bazaar is wayy too expensive and the rest are all keyfood owned, and are usually twice the price or more. i heard that there were offers that backed out. likely the landlord’s greed scared away potential renters. probably will stay empty and vandalized for years, like the old rite aid spot on greenpoint and 48th.

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Linda

A friend of mine works there and said it was due to the rent. Like you said, “It will stand abandoned.” Stop and Shop was the best. Now I’m going to have to run to 4 or 5 different stores.

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Anonymous

A terrible loss for Sunnyside area shoppers and we have to stay in the neighborhood so bye bye S+ S You were a terrific store!!

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J21

The atore unperformed long before BJAY’s came about. Hipsters and first generation Americans don’t shop there

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What are "first generation" Americans?

I see native Americans shopping there all the time. Were your ancestors born in Sunnyside?

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St. Alex

I don’t think bjs has anything to go with this closing. They are not comparable. I will miss shop & stop. Great prices on NOT gigantic sizes. BJS is not a substitute. Nor will become one. And target is not a grocery store.

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Anonymous

Mine were. And I’m born n raised here too. Regardless sns was full of all walks of life n they had everything 4 everyone. Now it’s just gonna be an Asian mart?! How the eff is that gonna be a community supermarket???!!!, ,

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Amazon will own the world soon

Let me guess: greedy landlords, rampant shoplifting, people buying on-line, all of the above?

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