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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 (…)

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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.

One Comment

Leslie

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.

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