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1581 US-202, Pomona, NY

Original Grocery Tenant: Grand Union
Address: 1581 US-202, Pomona, NY
Opened: late 1970s
Closed: 2001
Later Tenants: Stop & Shop (2001-2020) > Evergreen Uptown (2022- )
Photographed: June 2, 2021
Welcome back to the former Stop & Shop of Pomona, NY! The 51,000 square foot store was built around 1978 as a Grand Union as a much smaller building, then renovated and expanded by Grand Union in the late 1990s. Stop & Shop acquired the location in 2001 at the time of Grand Union's bankruptcy, then closed in August 2020. We saw the store still open in 2020, too.
I revisited over the summer of 2021 after the Stop & Shop had closed and the new tenant, Evergreen, a kosher supermarket, was preparing to move in. As I've said, there is a large (and growing) Orthodox Jewish population in Rockland County and much of this part of the state, making it harder and harder for traditional supermarkets like this Stop & Shop to survive. There's a ShopRite in Garnerville, but that's a good two miles away. There's also a ShopRite (recently announced to be undergoing a major renovation and expansion) and a DeCicco Family Markets in New City, about four miles southeast. We'll be seeing the Garnerville ShopRite tomorrow.
We can clearly see the Stop & Shop labelscars here, but unfortunately I can't make out any Grand Union labelscars. I was hoping to be able to see something like that when the Stop & Shop sign came down.
Inside, renovation was already progressing significantly by the time of my visit. Evergreen built out some storefronts along the front to lease to other businesses, including a kitchenwares store, a toy store, and a pharmacy.
My pictures here are not great because the windows were both very dirty from construction and mostly covered by paper, but we can still get a little glimpse inside the store under construction.
You can see where the wall divides the outside stores from the supermarket in the back.
The Stop & Shop also had a pharmacy, whose records were transferred to a nearby Walgreens...
Evergreen Uptown, as it's called (a reference to their other location to the south in Monsey), opened in March of 2022, and it's a beautiful store. Take a tour here! And tomorrow, we're headed to Garnerville on The Market Report!