‘Mulberry Market’ Artisanal Grocer Replaces Former Met Foods in Little Italy

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

Photo: Essie

The former home of Met Foodmarket in Little Italy has been dormant since its closure in December 2016. For twenty-five years, this affordable supermarket served the neighborhood.

Another grocery is on the way. However, as suspected, it’s of the gourmet variety. (There was previous chatter pointing toward Food Bazaar, but that proved unfounded.) Mulberry Market will take the full 10,000 square-feet (split equally between ground and basement), selling prepared foods, organic selections, artisanal beer, wine and coffee. Neighbors are calling it just another Whole Foods lookalike.

Mulberry Market signed the lease on 251 Mulberry Street, purportedly spending a whopping $750,000 per month. Considerably higher than Met Foods was paying.

Brothers Paul and Santos – who started out stocking shelves in a Spring Street grocer in the late 1970s – opened this location at 251 Mulberry Street way back in 1991. Back before the real estate industry carved Nolita into a refuge for the rich. Now that it’s so, a “regular” grocery is no longer appropriate.

 

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