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Out of the fire and into the bok choy? Heights Gristedes to go upscale

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Brooklyn Heights residents will not only get their Gristedes back, but the Henry Street supermarket, gutted by an April 1 fire, will re-open in mid-October with a new upscale look.

“We’re going to allocate more space to healthier products,” said Gristedes owner John Castimatidis. “We believe that New Yorkers are concerned about their health, and they want products that are good for their children.”

Construction crews have worked around the clock since an electrical fire destroyed the grocery. Despite $5 million in damages, the store’s pharmacy reopened three days after the fire, and sold a limited selection of packaged food and staples.

The renovated store will carry more organic and healthier foods, and have a larger produce section — but prices will stay low, Castimatidis, a mayoral hopeful, told The Brooklyn Paper.

Five years ago, organic and natural products accounted for two percent of Gristedes’ store sales, and now it’s approaching 10 percent, and as the company remodels its stores, it expands those sections, he added.

Coffee manufacturer Chock full o’Nuts will also host a coffee bar and seating area in the new store.

Since Gristedes closed, north Heights shoppers have bought their groceries at nearby Peas and Pickles, which is at 79 Henry St., or the Key Food on Montague Street between Henry and Hicks streets. And the closing of the Associated Market at Tillary and Jay streets — the only supermarket for the residents of Concord Village — has put a further strain on the food supply.

Residents said a fancier Gristedes will lure shoppers back.

“I think it’s great that they’re doing renovations,” said Henry Street resident Dan Casto. “[The former Gristedes] was the worst supermarket it the world.”

— with Evan Gardner

Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Gristedes Supermarkets says:
Construction Update:

Our crews are working fast and furious to bring you an updated, full service and modern supermarket as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience while we continue to push for the opening. Our newly renovated full service supermarket will include a full service Chock Full of Nuts Cafe with breakfast sandwiches and a full array of coffee selections. Our in-store bakery will feature a highly qualified baker preparing baked goods fresh daily as well as specialty cakes and pastries. Our Deli will feature a Gristedes original Mike's Sub Shoppe with a cornucopia of fine sandwich selections. Our Deli will also feature a fresh Olive Bar, Hot Food selection, prepared Meals To-Go.

We will be having career days scheduled on 11/5 through 11/7 from 10AM thru 4PM at the store. Tables will be setup and we will be accepting applications for various store positions.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to serving the neighborhood with our newly renovated Supermarket.

Please feel free to contact us anytime to let us know your thoughts. We can be reached at customerservice@gristedes.com
Oct. 27, 2008, 4:04 pm
pena from gates ave. says:
the adreess for cristedes on brooklyn please.thanks
Sept. 16, 2009, 7:34 pm

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