For many, Pathmark replacement a ‘Basic’ choice

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Many Sheepshead Bay residents who used to shop at shuttered Pathmark on Nostrand Avenue have found a cheap replacement — and it’s only eight blocks away.

Food Basics, a grocery store on Coyle Street between Avenues U and V, has won over many shoppers who were left stranded when the Pathmark between Avenues Y and Z went out of business in April.

It’s “taking all the [old] business from Pathmark because it’s much less expensive,” said Helen Minkowitz, who switched to Food Basics after the Pathmark went under.

Elaine Haber said she also avoided the Food Basics — which opened in the late-1990s — until the Pathmark closed, when she visited for the first time and was surprised by the store’s prices.

Food Basics sells a dozen large eggs for $2.68, and gallon jugs of Tuscan milk for $4.18.

For shoppers, that’s a big savings compared to the Waldbaum’s on Ocean Avenue between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Parkway, where a dozen eggs can fetch over three dollars and the same gallon of milk goes for $4.49.

“I go out of my way to come here,” said Haber.

The store is owned by A&P — the same food giant that owns the Waldbaum’s and Pathmark chains.

The company filed for bankruptcy in February, then shut down 32 “unprofitable” stores across the Northeast, including the Pathmark in Sheepshead Bay. But Food Basics was saved.

A&P Spokeswoman Marcy Connor said the Pathmark was sacrificed after a “continous and detailed financial analysis of our store portfolio.”

Still, the discount store’s surging popularity doesn’t mean a replacement for Pathmark won’t thrive.

A handful of supermarket chains are interested in the site, according to local real estate agents.

But it might not matter whose store takes over the site, because new Food Basic devotes said they don’t plan to go back.

Food Basics has “better prices than the other places,” said Heyde Calderon. “And it’s convenient.”

Sal Caruso said he won’t miss the Pathmark, even though the location is close to his home on Bedford Avenue.

“It’s an inconvenience that Pathmark closed,” Caruso said. “But I’m happy here.”

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Reader Feedback

Sel from Haring Street says:
We Need Walmart where Pathmark used to be
Sept. 1, 2011, 11:07 pm
ED from Brown Street says:
Let the People decide which Super Market should come to where Pathmark was not the Politicians
Sept. 1, 2011, 11:09 pm
Neil S. Friedman from Sheepshead Bay says:
Gave Food Basics a shot last week to see if it compared to Stop & Shop, Waldbaum's or Silver Star.
I concluded it did not!
First of all, you have to remember to bring your own bags -- plastic, paper or eco-friendly -- or you'll have to lug your grocers home in your hands.
Secondly, when lettuce was on sale for a low 99cents, the heads were small and less than green in too many spots.
Nevertheless, the store lacked several sale items on its the shelves, a common occurrence at its competitors.
Though the prices may be a tad lower, the competition usually matches it with sale items
Besides, would it be too much trouble for Food Basics to have signs indicating what groceries are in what aisles?
Sorry Food Basics, you just ain't worth the trip.
Sept. 10, 2011, 12:07 pm
Ron Burkle from Yucaipa says:
I am the big boss of Food Basics, and I pledge to convert many of our other A&P banners in this area to give shoppers much better VALUE. All Food Emporiums will become Food Basics for our elitist shoppers in Manhattan, also.
March 17, 2012, 3:02 pm

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