Food exchange: East Flatbush Key Food closing, reopening as Foodtown

Grocery games: An Albany Avenue Key Food in East Flatbush will close at the end of the month, and reopen as a Foodtown in April, according to the property’s manager.
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This market is turning in its Key.

An East Flatbush Key Food will shutter at the end of the month to make way for another chain grocer, the site’s property manager confirmed on Thursday.

“It’s going to be a Foodtown,” said Erwin Holzli.

The Albany Avenue supermarket — located between Farragut and Glenwood roads — will close its doors on Dec. 31 to make way for about three months’ worth of renovations, before it reopens with its new name in April, according to Holzli.

Workers will renovate the bakery, add new refrigerated display cases, and install new plumbing and gas pipes, according to a Dec. 21 permit Holzli filed with the city, which shows the makeover will cost more than $50,000.

In 2015, Key Food bigwigs set up shop inside the building after signing a three-year lease for the space following the bankruptcy of its former tenant A&P, according to Holzli and public records, the latter of which indicate Foodtown will have the space for 25 years, with the option to extend a lease for up to twenty years.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 4:16 pm, December 28, 2018
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Mary Ann Donnelly from Bay Ridge says:
Anyone who grew up in East Flatbush in the 50s and 60s will remember it as the site of Farragut Pool which closed in the late 60's to be replaced by Pathmark.
Dec. 31, 2018, 4:16 pm
Chris from Fort Greene says:
Jeez - I remember when this originally opened as a Pathmark in about 1970. I assumed it was still a Pathmark. There was a Hostess day old bakery outlet next door that sold 2 packs of stale Susie Q's for 10 cents.
Jan. 2, 1:25 pm
Herb Towler from Brooklyn says:
This store is becoming Pathmark once again!
Jan. 4, 10:55 pm

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