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Heights Gristedes reopens

The Brooklyn Paper / Sarah Portlock

Shoppers in the northern part of Brooklyn Heights once again have a grocery store, thanks to the reopening last Friday of a completely overhauled Gristedes supermarket, a store that had been gutted by a fire in April.

Though not universally popular, the Gristedes was certainly missed by shoppers in the area around Henry and Clark streets.

“We were in such a pinch — I’ve really missed having something down at this end,” said longtime Orange Street resident Jackie Bernard. “It’s a big improvement over last time, and it’s bright, airy, and clean. It’s good.”

How big a deal was this supermarket reopening? Borough President Markowitz, Councilman David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights) and state Sen.-elect Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights) were on hand with Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis for the ribbon-cutting.

The fire presented Catsimatidis with the opportunity to gut the busy, but unbeloved, store. It now offers a coffee bar, in-house bakery for cakes, pies and cookies, an extensive prepared meals section, a deli, and an expanded organic foods department.

The layout changed as well, and now aisles are arranged to make the 12,000-square-foot space feel bigger, Catsimatidis said.

Gristedes reopened on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights on Friday morning, and company owner John Catsimatidis gathered with local electeds for the ribbon cutting. (From left) Gristedes president Charles Criscuolo, Catsimatidis, store assistant manager Reginald Smith, Borough President Markowitz, Councilman David Yassky, and State Senator-elect Daniel Squadron.
The Brooklyn Paper / Sarah Portlock

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