The Korean deli on 103rd street and Broadway has shuttered, the latest closure in the steady decline of the small delis that supply New Yorkers with their staples and small indulgences. It’s not clear how long 103 Grocery & Flower — one readers suspected it had been there since the 1980’s.
As we documented a couple of years ago, drug stores that serve food and paper goods, as well as new supermarkets, have hurt the delis.
As Joe Rappoport wrote:
“Sometime in the last week, the 103 Grocery & Flower — a Korean deli at Broadway and 103rd Street — shut its doors. It had been there, flowers in the front and a pretty wide selection of groceries inside, for decades, though I don’t know just how long. (I’ve lived near it for 17 years and in the neighborhood for more than 30; it probably opened sometime in the 1980s.)
There’s no sign and the fellow at the Korean deli up the block at 104th Street didn’t seem to know much about what happened. (I hope that place — a reliable place for flowers and avocados, among other items — survives.)
There’s no doubt that it’s tough for these delis, pioneers back in the late 1970s and 1980s, when virtually nothing was open late at night other than an occasional newsstand. A supermarket opened several years ago on the east side of 103rd and Broadway didn’t help, and other tastes have changed as well. They aren’t a place to do a great deal of shopping, given the price competition elsewhere.
The block on the west side of Broadway between 103rd and 104th is one of the few without a chain store; I hope we avoid acquiring the Upper West Side’s 39th drug store, 33rd Starbucks, 29th phone retailer or 21st bank.”
Photo by Joe Rappoport.