Astoria, Astoria Closings, Community, News, Real Estate Jul 16, 2020 Ditmars Key Food Will Be Permanently Closing This Fall Some Astorians will have to find another local grocery store to shop at come fall—the Key Food at 22-15 31st Street, between Ditmars and 23rd Ave, will be permanently shutting (…) Share this Scoop by Claire Leaden total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Some Astorians will have to find another local grocery store to shop at come fall—the Key Food at 22-15 31st Street, between Ditmars and 23rd Ave, will be permanently shutting (…) by Claire Leaden Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Credit to Google Maps Some Astorians will have to find another local grocery store to shop at come fall—the Key Food at 22-15 31st Street, between Ditmars and 23rd Ave, will be permanently shutting down this October. The Real Deal reported the news earlier this week, stating that the landlord, Jenel Management, plans to tear down the building and construct a three-story space featuring a Target on the upper two floors and a different grocery store chain on the bottom floor. As for what that supermarket will be? They have a lease with a “major supermarket chain,” though it hasn’t been signed yet due to delays from the pandemic. Of course, with all of the construction time, it likely won’t be years until a new grocery store opens in that space. The store employs almost 150 workers, who unfortunately will all lose their jobs come fall. It has been in that location for over 20 years, and though the management company said they have been working to negotiate new lease terms for the past few years with the parent food company, apparently they are going in a completely new direction (literally) instead. Twitter Facebook Email Print 5 Comments Debbie October 21st, 2020 So sad. The congestion and traffic this Target is going to bring will ruin Astoria more then it already has been. Reply Heywood Jablowme September 16th, 2020 Bastards. I hope Target goes out of business immediately. Reply Stephen Eng August 19th, 2020 This is horrible!!!! What else is open in this neighborhood???? I knew it when the management started putting crates on the racks with packages of food in front of them to hide empty shelves. Also, fewer and fewer items on the shelves!! This place has been the main staple for thus neighborhood for years!!!! Shame!! A Target!!???? Who needs that? Already have a TJ Maxx!!!! If no more Keyfoids, how about a Whole Foods or, a Trader Joe’s!!!!!????? Reply Chris N August 13th, 2020 I just hope it’s a Trader Joe’s Reply Leslie August 7th, 2020 Keyfood is an essential business at this location. Target is not. Renew the lease for Keyfood. They have provided the neighborhood over 35 years of essential groceries. We need them now more than ever. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.