Is ‘Food Bazaar Supermarket’ Coming to Former Met Foods on Mulberry Street? [Updated]

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

[Updated below] The Met Food market on Mulberry Street closed forever back in December, capping a twenty-five year tenancy in Little Italy for the owner-siblings. Neighbors initially cried foul at the loss of a friendly, low-cost option in an area starved of such services. There were also simultaneous fears that a high-end grocery would take the reins. Politicians like Margaret Chin got involved to channel the anger.

But that’s not happening. Word on the street is that the Queens-based Food Bazaar – a family-owned supermarket chain that started in 1988 – is opening its flagship Manhattan location at 251 Mulberry Street. It’ll reportedly be a two-floor market affair with eat-in cafeteria.

Update: a spokesperson for Food Bazaar says that no such plans currently exist for a Mulberry Street location.

The Food Bazaar mission statement looks promising:

We make it our priority to enter so-called “underserved” communities that other major supermarket chains flee from. While those chains may not be interested in providing these communities with high-quality products at low prices, we make it our duty because we know that everybody deserves to feed their families with high-quality, affordable food.

We pride ourselves on going to great lengths in order to provide each of the communities that we serve with the flavors that they love and recall from “back home.” In fact, it is our passion! We devote aisles of space to international and mainstream groceries, dairy/frozen items, a full-service fish market within most of our stores and a custom cutting meat department. Our stores are located in many different neighborhoods, each vibrant with numerous ethnicities and nationalities, and their corresponding cultures and flavors.

According to jobsite chatter, the rumored grocery should launch sometime next November, the eleven-month anniversary of the Met Food departure.

Mulberry Street will be Bazaar’s 25th store in the Tri-state area.

Recent Stories

James & Karla Murray Fundraising for ‘Mom & Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Three months after first revealing their homage to the vanishing city, two prolific storefront chroniclers are raising money for its installation later this summer. Indeed, husband-wife artists James and Karla Murray just unveiled a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback. “Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale […]

‘Cherche Midi’ on the Bowery Sets Closing Date for June 10

For Cherche Midi, the end of the line is nigh. Final date is set. We are told by workers that business at Keith McNally’s four-year-old successor to Pulino’s will reportedly conclude on June 10. The cause for closure is apparently the expiration of the restaurant’s lease. However, the state filing noted the reason as “economic,” […]

CB3 to Consider Soho House 2-Story ‘Garden’ Expansion on Ludlow Street

Open for exactly two years, Ludlow House is primed for major expansion on its namesake street. The members-only club proposes demolition of the south-adjacent building – Libation will close imminently – to make way for its Ludlow Garden concept. As previously reported, Ludlow Garden would occupy the ground and cellar levels of the new two-story […]

Contra/Wildair Team to Join the ‘Market Line’ Roster at Essex Crossing

That Hell Square liquor store from the Contra/Wildair guys is dead in the water. But it appears they might be headed to Essex Crossing. In August 2017, we broke news that principals Fabian Von Hause and Jeremiah Stone were planning a “wine-focused” liquor store that would include Wildair beverage director Jorge Riera at the helm. […]

‘Adam Lucas x Nom Wah Tea Parlor’ on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Local artist Adam Lucas (formerly known as Hanksy) yesterday joined forces with Nom Wah Tea Parlor for a collaboration of art and apparel. The two-night gallery stint, dubbed “Neighbors,” kicked off last night at 168 Bowery with plenty of fanfare. Inside the four walls of the Old Bowery Station space (at Kenmare), Lucas’ new creative […]