Western Beef, a supermarket at 62nd Street and West End Avenue, is closing next month, an employee confirmed to West Side Rag.
But according to a letter from Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, the landlord has assured her a new market is on its way. Still, Rosenthal has expressed concern that the new market won’t be as affordable as Western Beef. That market serves a diverse neighborhood, which includes luxury apartments as well as the Amsterdam Houses NYCHA development. (And despite its name, Western Beef is a full-service supermarket with fruits and vegetables as well as beef.)
“At a time when people are struggling to put food on the table, it is crucial that affordable grocery options remain available,” she wrote in a letter to the Brodsky Organization that we’ve posted below.
The Western Beef employee did not have an explanation as to why they were closing. The company’s website makes it sound like they’re expanding not contracting, saying “new locations coming soon.”