Neighborhood Council Objects to Pathmark Closure

NEW YORK — The neighborhood group that lobbied to bring a supermarket to the Lower East Side of Manhattan nearly 30 years ago will hold a rally this week to protest its planned closure.

The Two Bridges Neighborhood Council here called the planned December closure of the Pathmark store in the neighborhood a “crisis” leaving the largely low-income neighborhood few fresh food options. Pathmark, a division of Montvale, N.J.-based A&P [4], said last week that it would close the store in December to allow builders to redevelop the property. The retailer said it has an option to reacquire its lease when the project — likely a high-rise residential building — is complete.

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“While we understand that Pathmark has reserved the right of first refusal to operate a supermarket in the new development once it is completed in the next two to five years, in the interim our neighborhood will be left with fewer affordable food options, [and] with no guarantee that an affordable market will be in the new building,” Two Bridges said in a statement. The group said it would hold a rally Wednesday.

The Pathmark opened at the site in 1983.

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