City Councilwoman Gale Brewer is calling on the owner of the land under Food City, the supermarket on 94th street and Columbus Avenue, to offer the market a new lease and save it from closing at the end of the month.
Real estate company The LeFrak Organization apparently owns the land, and Brewer says that the organization chose not to renew Food City’s lease. Deeds filed with the city do show that a company at the same address as LeFrak owns the land, but we didn’t hear back from the LeFrak Organization’s spokesman to confirm.
Update: Brewer has announced a rally to save Food City on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Brewer says Food City should be saved because it’s an important market for local seniors, and some locals have told us that it served a lower-middle-class clientele that doesn’t have other options (some of our commenters disagree with that assessment). We have also heard from several neighbors that Food City is likely to be replaced by a large new residential development.