Politicians are asking a local landlord to rent a vacant storefront on 68th Street and Broadway to a new supermarket-operator, because some locals say that grocery options are too limited in the area.
The corner spot was once the home of Food Emporium. But when that store closed in 2013, it was replaced by a Lowe’s home improvement store. Lowe’s lasted until last November.
Upper West Siders have lamented Food Emporium’s closure because they say it left a void in the neighborhood. There are few large traditional-style supermarkets in that area, they say.
Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal has been trying to build support for a new supermarket for several weeks, working with the landlord and setting up a petition meant to “show the owners of 2008 Broadway that there is broad community support for a supermarket in that space!”
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer weighed in last week, sending a letter to the landlord, Jamestown Properties. She wrote that the site had had a supermarket for more than 50 years. “With this in mind, I strongly encourage you to select a grocery store or supermarket as your commercial tenant.” Read the full letter here.
Jamestown Properties did not immediately respond to a request for comment.