Tomorrow — Fort Greene gets a Red Apple

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The new Red Apple supermarket that opens in Fort Greene on Monday doesn’t just want its customers to come from the area — it wants employees to come from there, too.

The market has hired 70 workers for the Myrtle Avenue store, many from the nearby from the Whitman and Ingersoll Houses — and the last few slots were set to be filled in the same way.

“Almost all the jobs have gone to people from the area,” said Renee Flores, human resources director of the supermarket chain, which owns more than 30 groceries citywide. “We had such a tremendous outpouring from the community.”

The store hired most people after a job fair at the Ingersoll Community Center on Sept. 26, working with local elected officials.

“When businesses move into our community the jobs should go to the people of our community,” said Democratic District Leader Lincoln Restler, who helped organize the job fair.

The goal is not simply helping out the unemployed, but to “build a bond in the community,” said Flores. “People want to shop where they work, and they encourage friends to shop there, too.”

Jobs have been a scarce commodity in the neighborhood for years.

Unemployment among the 8,700 residents of the two projects on the west edge of Fort Greene Park is a chronic problem, especially among African-Americans. One 2009 study registered a 27-percent unemployment rate among blacks in and around Fort Greene.

That will change, albeit slightly, on Monday, with the opening of the supermarket in area that has been without a real grocery store since 2006, when billionaire developer and Red Apple CEO John Catsimatidis tore down an Associated supermarket near the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Ashland Place to build a 95-unit apartment complex called The Andrea.

Catsimatidis is making good on his promise to bring a grocer back to the area — and named the store Red Apple in honor of the first supermarket he opened in New York four decades ago.

Red Apple grand opening ceremony (218 Myrtle Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene), Oct. 31, 9:30 am.

Updated 10:40 am, November 1, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Or from Yellow Hook says:
"The market has hired 70 workers for the Myrtle Avenue store"

Won't this put the Mom and Pop stores out of business?

Are they in a union? These people are worse than Wal-Mart.

Is there Alar in the Red Apple? Why only red apples? Why not green and yellow?
Oct. 30, 2011, 9:18 am
Sam from Fort Greene says:
There is one mom and pop store nearby and the prices are ridiculous. I'd shop at the mom and pop store if the prices match red apple. Until then red apple it is.
Oct. 30, 2011, 9:48 am
jj from brooklyn says:
wow, yellow hook is cranky this morning!

thank goodness that end of fort greene is finally getting a supermarket!
Oct. 30, 2011, 10:14 am
Booch Poonis from Bk says:
Black sistahs are doin' it for themselves!
Oct. 30, 2011, 10:41 am
Bill from Brooklyn says:
Lincoln Restler is a master hypocrite. He comes from a family that has made immense wealth (not top 1% but top .0001%) by privatizing the natural resources (gas and hydro power) of British Columbia, Canada. This process has mean massive jobs cuts. Also, the whole process has been done behind closed doors. Peter Restler, Lincoln’s father and biggest campaign contributor, seems to be the man behind the curtain of British Columbia’s center right Liberal Party, and those politicians regularly come to NYC to kiss his ring. The article below (esp. section entitled Restler’s Rise) follows the money and goes where NYC journalists haven’t:
Oct. 30, 2011, 11:35 am
(( from the Fort says:
This is great news!
Oct. 30, 2011, 3:28 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
70 Jobs!

Imagine how many jobs a Wal-Mart would bring!
Oct. 30, 2011, 5:07 pm
Saul from Park Slope says:
Our neighborhood? Lincoln Restler is an Al Franken look-alike carpetbagger. Guess his free ride will continue.
Oct. 30, 2011, 11:16 pm
Anais from Fort Greene says:
I am one of those 70 people hired and am very grateful to have a job..... Stop critizing and get a life......
Oct. 31, 2011, 8:20 am
Jen from Clinton Hill says:
Just another Ghetto supermarket in fort greene.
Oct. 31, 2011, 8:30 am
Jerk from Fort Greene says:
Jen guess you don't have any "ghetto" supermarkets in Clinton hill. Cause that is such a prestigious area you live in. Sense my sarcasm?
Oct. 31, 2011, 4:19 pm
JudahSpechal from Bed-STUY says:
Little mousy Jen from Clinton Hills is that you?
Oct. 31, 2011, 6:11 pm
Cunha from Clinton Hole says:
I don't want to get robbed by local criminals when I'm at the checkout, so no thanks.
Nov. 1, 2011, 8:16 am
mark from fort greene says:
in what bracket is John Catsimatidis? 99% or top 1% or maybe even in top .00001%?

what is the average wage over there?
Nov. 1, 2011, 9:47 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I'm all for hijacking threads when Brooklyn Paper refuses to report on so many significant issues, but really, Bill from Brooklyn, when you hijack a thread, at least bond the issue you're raising to the point of the article. Now you're just sounding like a bot than a human being. I appreciate whatever information you're offering, but if you want to take spotlight off the issue of the 70 jobs supplied and Ft. Greene and all that, at least make something of a connection as to why we should leap from that issue to yours. And all these people slurring nonsense about "ghetto supermarkets"--you better hope that God is not just, but alas, He is, so you can wallow in hate this life, and swallow it in the one that is coming.
Nov. 1, 2011, 2:37 pm
——a says:
Hey ——a cunha Clinton hill is a real crap shoot too. Better chance of getting jacked over there dummy. Not tough enough for Fort Greene
Nov. 1, 2011, 6:34 pm
misinformation from fort greene says:
70 residents of public housing get union jobs in a fort greene business. the supermarket is more affordable than any other place nearby. how could anyone find a reason to complain about this?
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:26 pm

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