They held on as long as they could. Many people believed that within months of the opening of the Pathmark on 145th and 8th they would close. Well, it is finally the end of an era. The Pioneer supermarket located at the corner of 145th and 7th Avenue is closing on the 21st of this month.
I happened to go in because the bodega that sits directly across the street from it was closed. It was a relative ghost town in there. Granted business did slow down once the Pathmark opened and there are a couple other smaller supermarkets within walking distance, but Pioneer hadn’t ordered stock, especially fresh produce, in a while and they are gradually clearing out the aisles.
No idea at this point what will happen to the property. More than likely they got a good offer for the property and it will probably be torn down and converted into a luxury building (just speculation), although Joe Schumacher notes that the emblem on the building is of Teddy Roosevelt. After a little snooping around I came to discover that the building is a former movie house – The Roosevelt. I wasn’t able to dig anything up over at Cinema Treasures, so if any readers have additional information please send it to uptownflavor at gmail.
Another supermarket bites the dust and some would like to believe that gentrification isn’t seriously impacting long time residents (for better or worse). Although it wasn’t as modern as Pathmark, it was an alternative and everyone agreed that it had a better meat selection that Pathmark hands down. Pathmark has lost some of it’s luster as it has gotten comfortable. The check out lines are too long, the store is unkempt and the staff is surly. Plus the prices have gone up! Ahhh, good ole’ New York.
Photo credit: J. Schumacher of WATPA