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Pathmark closing irks area shoppers

Queens residents from multiple neighborhoods said they shopped at least once a week at the Long Island City Pathmark, which is set to close. Photo by Nykeema Williams
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Shoppers were surprised and disappointed after learning that the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has announced plans to close its Long Island City-Astoria location at the end of August.

“I have to drive so far to do my shopping,” said Woodside resident Nora Watanasuparp. “It’s not fair.”

A&P, which owns multiple supermarket chains, said in a statement last week that the Pathmark, at 42-02 Northern Blvd., would be shutting its doors and any potential reassignments for the employees would be handled on a case-by-case basis.

“While this is a very difficult circumstance for our associates, customers, partners and the local communities, we remain focused on providing great value and service to our customers,” spokeswoman March Connor said in a statement.

A&P did not cite a reason for the closure. The Long Island City Pathmark will be closing four months prior to the end of its lease.

The supermarket is among many commercial properties along Northern Boulevard, such as auto dealerships and superstores like Best Buy and The Home Depot. Many shoppers interviewed by TimesLedger Newspapers said they went to the store at least once a week.

“I like the store,” said Woodside resident Elizabeth Horak. “It’s very clean and it has good prices and the people who work here are all very pleasant.”

Horak said she sometimes shops at a Key Food where she lives, but she would have to find a new place to buy the gluten-free products she needs when the Pathmark store closes.

Some customers said they also bought groceries at supermarket Stop & Shop, at 34-51 48th St. in Long Island City a few blocks from the Pathmark. A few others said they shopped for groceries at the wholesale club retailer Costco, at 32-50 Vernon Blvd. near Ravenswood.

Most said they would miss the Pathmark when it left, however.

“Here is better stuff,” said Manhattan resident Emerick Csontos, who often visits the neighborhood. “Everything looks fresh.”

The shoppers were not the only ones who said they were not looking forward to Pathmark’s flight. Nilufa Afrose, manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts at the same address, said her business would be slow after the loss of her longtime neighbor. She said her store and the Pathmark often shared customers.

“If they’re busy, we’re busy,” she said.

But not every shopper was heartbroken by the news.

Elmhurst resident Nicolae Kaladjian said he was prepared to buy more of his groceries from Stop & Shop.

“They’ll close up and somebody else will open up,” Kaladjian said of Pathmark. “It’s an expensive one. It’s not the cheaper one.”

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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June 28, 2012, 6:31 pm
Kathy from Woodside says:
The store sucked. It was filthy, smelled and the employees were miserable, nasty people. Furthermore, they are much more expensive than Stop and Shop, which is right down the street. Good riddence.
July 31, 2012, 8:47 am
Joe Pesci from All Five Burrows says:
I killed a man with a lance.
Aug. 5, 2012, 6:14 pm
Chris from Astoria says:
This is really too bad. I t has been there since I was a kid, and since my dad was young. It is a great store.
Aug. 7, 2012, 3:43 pm
Fanny from Sunnyside says:
I almost faited when i got to the store and find it almost empty. real disappointed i shoped there once a moths for the whole month and always found good sales. now i have to find where to shop from now on. real sad :(
Aug. 10, 2012, 4:46 pm
Sam from Astoria says:
Open a trader Joes here!!
Aug. 11, 2012, 11:47 pm
adios from NY says:
The sooner we get rid of A&P as a whole and allow retailers that actually care about their customers to move into their buildings, the better off everyone will be...F@#* A&P
Aug. 14, 2012, 3:01 am
Cleo from College Point says:
When the German Haubs bought Pathmark, no more Thanksgiving turkey as customer loyalty reward but as soon as they left, the turkey was back. What is up with Germans running supermarkets in America? First the Nazis who own Trader Joe's and Aldis then the Haubs also with Nazi connections.

Why do they feel the need to own every supermarket chain in America???

I live in College Point and walk to Pathmark. Because of the Haubs, Pathmark and the nearby Waldbaum's are owned by the same company and Waldbaum's has NO business. The ice cream is melted and refrozen and the meat has often spoiled but the expensive fruit and vegetables are usually in good condition. Basically, Waldbaum sells whatever Target and BJs customers can't get in the other two stores in the same shopping center.
Aug. 31, 2012, 9:49 am
Obama from ghetto says:
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Sept. 22, 2012, 3:40 pm
Gary from UES says:
I live in the expensive UES/Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan & have been walking across the Queensbridge over the last couple of years in order to find better prices at Western Beef, Pathmark, & Super Stop and Shop. Like any grocery stores outside of Manhattan - they usually all have their sale or clearance items, so that being able to hit up a few of them in succession was a way to find the best prices. With this closure, it leaves a big hole in a routine that was really working for me. Hopefully another franchise will move into the large space. Here's hoping SHOPRITE will move in there? I have always found their NJ sales superb & know that they have just a couple locations east of Manhattan so they have delivery trucks in the general area. Fingers crossed for something good.
Oct. 10, 2012, 1:56 pm
Sammy from Astoria says:
Why can't the local political hacks get a good supermarket to move in?
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:02 pm
Pathmark from NYC says:
Pathmark was the best supermarket in Queens, possibly the entire city. After a decades-long run for the chain, an "evil force" is now causing Pathmarks to close and be replaced by expensive, crappy stores like Associated, King Kullen... NYC sucks (duh) enough as is but now it's losing perhaps its only halfway decent supermarket. You are a masochist if you enjoy NYC.
Nov. 26, 2012, 10:52 pm
wl from hartsdale.ny says:
a&p destroyed the once mighty pathmark.a&p will soon follow that path.
Feb. 8, 2013, 4:46 pm

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