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