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Two long-awaited additions to a Whitestone shopping center are opening soon, according to company spokespeople.

North Shore Farms, a full-service grocery store slated to take over the space formerly occupied by Waldbaum’s supermarket in Whitestone Plaza, is expected to open in June, according to company spokesperson George Tsiatis. CVS Pharmacy will open up next door in mid-April.

The deal with North Shore Farms was first announced in October 2016 after months of speculation in the community and was originally slated for a summer 2017 opening. The store will occupy 23,818 square feet at 153th Street and 10th Avenue and feature locally sourced foods at affordable prices.

CVS Pharmacy will be located in a smaller space next door and feature a drive-thru pharmacy window, according to a CVS spokesperson.

After Waldbaum’s closure in November 2015, many Whitestone residents were left without a neighborhood supermarket. Shortly before North Shore Farms officially announced the lease agreement in 2016, Whitestone residents drafted a petition and delivered it to the Feil Organization, owner of the shopping center, urging them to bring a supermarket back to the location.

The Feil Organization purchased the property in 2014 from Onyx Equities and Crow Holdings for nearly $24 million. The real estate company based in New York City also owns the Glen Oaks Shopping Center at 255-01 Union Tpke.

QNS reached out to Feil Organization for comment, but they instead directed us to both North Shore Farms and CVS.

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