Groceries.

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Max Loeb of White Plains, with his bag of groceries from Trader Joe’s in Hartsdale. Photo by Tania Savayan/lohud.

A&P’s bankruptcy made it clear. lohud’s readers are passionate about buying food. The closure of a major chain like A&P affected our community — and groceries, without doubt, are a cultural touchstone here in the Lower Hudson Valley.

 Indeed, the landscape of food shopping here is a complex one. There are major chains like Stop&Shop, local chains such as DeCicco’s, big-box discount stores, ethnic markets large and small, and corner stores.

With this project, lohud’s team set out to explain and demystify the industry, design, past, present and future of how we feed our families.

People are passionate about groceries in the Lower Hudson Valley. Video by Tania Savayan/lohud

Find a simple guide to “Groceries.” stories below.

Here is our grocery list.

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3 thoughts on “Groceries.”

  1. I grew up in Yonkers off Central Avenue where my elderly mother still lives. With the closing of A & P and all of its clones, the access to food on a major corridor in a highly populated section of Yonkers has become a serious challenge. From Cross County to Scarsdale there is not one supermarket. The only choices people have are the ShopRite on Tuckahoe Road and then the one in Scarsdale. How could we have allowed one company to establish such a monopoly that all of the stores, over time disappeared. Path mark, Waldbaums, Food Emporium they all were the A & P. The remaining stores cannot even begin to handle to volume of customers that have been pushed onto their doorstop. How can public officials let this go without comment or concern. So much attention was given to the loss of the A&P on Odell Avenue, but what about the thousands of others who are victims of this lack of resource.

    1. I agree…ww need more choices….the greedy landlords can share the blame for driving retailers out of business unwilling to negotiate and would rather blight the neighborhood with broke n down empty store and write off their losses….these people are worse than pond scum…the old Jack Lalanne on Central Ave. Looks like an abandoned prison camp and the recently shuttered Duane Reade was forced out by the landlord charging them 65 thousand a month for an outdated decrepit building …wake up people….

      1. The Landlords are only one factor regarding success or failure of the supermarkets. A&P stores were poorly run for decades. Priced higher than the competition, A&P was referred to as the world’s longest going out of business sale. Stores that have kept up with the times (Shop Rite, Stop and Shop, DeCiccio’s) and new concept stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s , H Mart) seem to be successful working the the same Landlords.

        Regarding the two locations mentioned (Duane Reade and European Spa) again the Landlord is not the only factor. When the Duane Reade store was open, it was quite a trail blazing store for Westchester. At the time, there were virtually no free standing drug stores. Now, the drug store business has completely changed to be all free standing with drive thru windows. This location could not be redeveloped . While it is a great location, it it no longers works as a drug store. Considering the health spa location, up until now, there was no real need to develop the property. There has been a excess vacancy issue on Central Avenue since the recession. Developing this property could have made the vacancy issue worse.

        I’m sure when you chose to call the owners pond scum, you carefully considered, the quality of the store operators, local government regulations and customers changing needs.

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