Jeffrey’s Meat Market Not Returning to Essex Street Market!

Posted on: June 25th, 2011 at 9:22 am by

It’s officially official.  Jeffrey’s Meat Market will not be returning to the Essex Street Market, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.  The paper’s Metropolis blog published an article yesterday afternoon that all but dashed hopes of a return to business.  Eponymous owner Jeffrey Ruhaulter “temporarily” closed the store back in March, and has been on ice ever since.  Recent shopping trips showed his former space completely stripped of all gear, awaiting a new occupant.

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Here are some excerpts from the piece:

“I’m leaving the Essex market,” said Ruhalter, 55 years old. “Right now, honestly I’m still numb from it. I started working there when I was six years old. We moved into Essex Street Market the day it opened and we’ve been there ever since. It’s hard to accept.”

Ruhalter said he sought investors after the March closing, but some potential investors balked after reviewing the lease. Meanwhile, questions about the market’s future are growing as the city proceeds with its urban renewal program on the Lower East Side.

The Economic Development Corporation, the city organization running the market, is reportedly moving forward with finding a new occupant.

“We wish Jeffrey the best, and thank him and the Ruhalter family for their decades of dedication to the market and its customers,” said Kyle Sklerov, an EDC spokesman, in an e-mailed statement. “We will now move forward with finding a new vendor to reactivate Jeffrey’s former space and look forward to continuing the success of this vibrant public market which serves the Lower East Side community.”

Seriously, what the fuck is happening to our neighborhood?

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