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Pathmark on Cherry Street Closing at End of December
For nearly thirty years, Pathmark has served the Lower East Side community, from the Manhattan Bridge and Rutgers Houses to all parts north. The budget supermarket is a lifeblood, despite the terrible experience awaiting customers behind those automatic doors. Anyway, those days are finished – the Pathmark at 227 Cherry Street will close at the end of the year.
Rumors of its demise had been swirling for weeks, but the word was officially confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Two Bridges Neighborhood Council issued a statement regarding the imminent closure, an excerpt of which is published here:
The Pathmark supermarket located at 227 Cherry Street currently serves the essential needs of every strata of our diverse Lower East Side community, especially seniors and low income families. Furthermore, the possible loss of the Pathmark pharmacy is particularly disconcerting, considering it serves hundreds of families in this area. In essence, the loss of both the Pathmark supermarket and pharmacy is the loss of a very essential social service.
In upcoming weeks, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc. intends to solicit the assistance of our local elected officials, community leaders, and residents to work towards extending the Pathmark’s services for as long as possible, until continuity of services can be guaranteed by a future on-site full service supermarket that aims to serve the diverse communities and needs of this area.
A supermarket in our community is essential to thousands of residents who have very few other options for fresh food and other essentials.
Speaker Sheldon Silver also jumped in the ring with comments of his own:
I am deeply concerned by the announcement Pathmark plans to close its store on Cherry Street. A full service supermarket at this location is of vital importance to thousands of residents in the community who have few other options for fresh food and other essentials.
Five years ago, I led an effort to keep this store open and I will once again work hard to ensure that we retain a full service supermarket at this location.
While there has been speculation for several years that Pathmark would shut its doors as developers sought to build a high-rise project on site, Assemblyman Silver helped lead the fight to keep it open. A&P, which owns Pathmark and holds the lease for another three decades, stated that it might reopen a store on the current site after the future residential project is complete. This brochure became part of the rumor-mongering five years ago…