Customers who visit the Fresh N Save supermarket on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood are in for a brand-new experience as the store recently finished major renovations that expanded many of the store’s departments and added in some new sections, as well.
The renovations – which took place over the course of a year – expanded the bakery department, along with the meat, dairy and deli sections of Fresh N Save, said Amin Siad, the supervising manager of the Fresh N Save. The parking lot was also expanded.
“We actually made room for three more spots in the parking lot,” Siad said. “Before, we had 29 spots; now we have 32.”
Many of the features inside the store changed as well, such as the cashiers moving to the opposite side of the building, which allowed Fresh N Save to shift the entrances of the store, giving customers access from each of the surrounding streets, Siad said.
Some of Fresh N Save’s new features include a hot food section and a new cheese case with delicious cheeses from around the world.
The biggest addition to the store, however, is the new seafood department, where they now sell all different kinds of fresh fish.
“We have fresh, wild-caught clams. We have live crabs,” Siad said. “Any fish, we can get you. If we don’t have it, we can order it for you.”
Fresh N Save also has a kitchen in the basement where they make the prepared foods for sale, as well as a bakery where they make fresh breads and pies each day, and produce section where they clean, chop and package fresh produce.
This is the first major renovation the location has received since opening for business in 1999,” Siad explained. In 2012, however, Fresh N Save received a “facelift” when crews came in and put down new flooring and gave the entire store a fresh coat of paint, but nothing to the magnitude of this renovation.
Although the interior and exterior of the store has changed, the values and commitment to the community have remained.
“In order to compete with your competitors, you have to create a new brand, and this is what we are trying to do with Fresh N Save Marketplace,” Siad explained. “We don’t want to be Whole Foods, not Stop & Shop, but Fresh N Save, our own brand. We’re trying to be something different, but not something customers can’t relate to. We want a relationship with the neighborhood and our customers.”
Fresh N Save, which is located at 60-16 Myrtle Ave., is planning on holding an official grand re-opening sale in the near future. To stay up to date on sales, visit the Fresh N Save Facebook page.