Community members will join State Senator Tony Avella in front of the vacant supermarket at 153-01 10th Ave. tomorrow, on Friday, at noon. The rally aims to draw the attention of the property owner and other supermarket franchises regarding the need of another supermarket in Whitestone, which lost its Waldbaum’s supermarket in November.
The window of opportunity for a new supermarket at the Whitestone Shopping Center may be closing amid rumors that the former supermarket space may be subdivided.
One worker at the mall, who wished to remain anonymous, told QNS that the property will be divided into a small supermarket and a CVS Pharmacy.
“My office had been in contact with the property owner on several occasions about getting a new supermarket. Although they indicated every intention of doing so, I am disappointed to hear rumors of a possible subdivision of this property,” Avella told residents in a letter on Tuesday. “However, I believe it is time to again publicly demonstrate to the owner as well as any potential supermarket franchise of the support for such a supermarket.”
During a We Love Whitestone town hall meeting in April, State Senator Tony Avella also encouraged the civic association and residents to sign a petition, which requests the property owners, The Feil Organization, to reserve the location for “any prospective supermarket,” he said.
A spokesperson of the Whitestone office of The Feil Organization told QNS in April that the company is still seeking a food retailer to take over the vacant supermarket at 153-01 10th Ave. QNS contacted The Feil Organization on Thursday and received no response.
Waldbaum’s marked its stamp on the Whitestone community for over 30 years before closing on Nov. 23 last year. It was the result of the demise of its parent company, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), which filed for bankruptcy in July 2015.
Numerous supermarkets owned by A&P that operated under the PathMark or Waldbaum’s brands were sold to rival chains such as Stop & Shop and Key Food; other markets, like the Whitestone Waldbaum’s, simply closed.