‘Associated’ with failure; Concord Village supermarket closes

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The Associated Supermarket on Tillary Street in Downtown shuttered its doors last week — but only temporarily.

On Tuesday, workers ripped out the moldy guts of the store, located within Concord Village at the corner of Jay Street, in anticipation of a new grocer.

Residents will certainly be pleased to hear it; the Associated was not always well liked, but at least it was there. In fact, it was the only supermarket serving the 1,023-unit, five-building complex nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

“I never go by there — it’s very dirty,” said a resident. “I would go only in an emergency.”

During reconstruction, the Concord Village Board of Directors has arranged for volunteers to buy and deliver groceries to senior and homebound residents.

They might also want to organize a posse. Each Associated is independently owned, and a spokesman at the corporate headquarters said they are still trying to track down the owner.

“We haven’t had an indication from him as to what happened,” said Executive Vice President, Patrick Shiels.

The owner may owe money for unsold products, Shiels said, but he would not elaborate, citing company policy. Community Board 2 District Manager Rob Perris had another theory.

“I think that this is a situation where Concord Village was not pleased with the operator and what brands and selection that operator stocked,” he said.

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JM from Concord Village says:
It's a little ridiculous that the reporter managed to interview the only CV resident who didn't shop at Associated. If the reporter had interviewed more than one resident, he or she might have learned that the reason the lease was not renewed was because the store failed health inspections constantly. Rats, mouse droppings, cockroaches, flies - you name it, it was in that store. It has nothing to do with something so superficial as not liking the selection. It was a health hazard.
July 20, 2008, 8:36 pm
ahahahaha the board of concord village is crooked and not bright.. a year later and not open..GOOD JOB BOARD OF CONCORD VILLAGE
May 15, 2009, 5:26 pm

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