D’ag in the bag?

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Breaking chews: The D’Agostino on Seventh Avenue will apparently close at the end of the month.

The rumors started flying this week after store employees sounded off to their customers about the impending closing. The news spread, thanks to a mailing by the Park Slope Neighbors group, and subsequent mushrooming in the blogosphere. On Wednesday night, a tightlipped manager did nothing to dispel the rumors.

“Call customer service and they’ll tell you everything you need to know,” he said.

Some Park Slopers are despondent over the closing, which is expected on April 28.

“It was one of the best-run [stores] I’ve ever encountered,” groused resident Johanna Clearfield, who said that the neighborhood’s soaring rents pushed out the supermarket.

Others groused that the D’Agostino is overpriced — though even its detractors could not dispute the importance of its central Slope location: It is, after all, the only other major supermarket on Seventh Avenue besides the Key Food at Carroll Street.

“Its closing would be unfortunate since [D’Agostino] … is accessed almost exclusively by pedestrians,” said Eric McClure of Park Slope Neighbors.

Slopers are also angry over rumors that the pricey produce may soon become pricey housing.

“Apparently the building will convert into yet another unaffordable housing project,” said Clearfield.

But at least one Sloper hoped for a different outcome: “[Borough President] Marty Markowitz keeps saying that Trader Joe’s should come to Brooklyn,” said one blogger.

“Well, we now have a perfect location.”

Updated 4:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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