Original Tenant: A&P
Address: 375 Tompkins Ave, Rosebank, Staten Island, NY
Later Tenants: Waldbaums (1990s-2015), Food Universe Marketplace (2016-2018), Freshway Supermarket (2018-2019)
Photographed: March 2020
This location was a longtime A&P that was converted to Waldbaum's by the 1990s before closing early in the 2015-16 bankrupcty. New Jersey-based operator Kevin Kim (oh boy, do we know him -- from Fairview, Plainsboro, and Belleville). This store as a Food Universe actually seemed to do okay. It even got some nice renovations. But of course, after just about two years, it was converted to the Freshway banner and switched from Key Food to General Trading/Retail Grocers Group.
The "win a car" sweepstakes from Plainsboro's grand opening never finished because the store closed before the contest ended, so that was transferred to this location. In fact, in this picture you can see the banner from Plainsboro complete with the Superfresh logo. However, at the time of my visit, I was very surprised to see the interior mostly cleared out and active construction work going on inside. Unfortunately, for that reason, I couldn't get any closer. It does look like the store is being prepared for a new tenant (LIDL?) but there's really no evidence of what it'll be.
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