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TOUR: Holiday Farms - Roslyn Heights, NY

Holiday Farms Owner: David Mandell Opened: 1999 Cooperative: Key Food Stores Location: 374 Roslyn Rd, Roslyn Heights, NY Photographed: December 2018 I don't know for sure, but this store has the look of an old Grand Union. Even with an expansion, it's only about 10,000 square feet. But it's a great looking store, and it's had some nice renovations. The exterior has recently received a new awning, and it formerly looked like this. You enter and turn left into a room with the deli and bakery. The front wall is to the left in the above picture. I suppose it's no surprise, for this Long Island store with a Jewish owner, that the deli is the centerpiece. It's enormous and beautifully stocked with prepared foods and lunchmeat. The deli/bakery room is an expansion. There's also a small salad bar facing the main store. And now we move into the original part of the supermarket, starting with produce in the first aisle. Meats run along the back wall with dairy in the las…

Coming Soon!

After heading east from Jamaica North (see here and here), we enter Long Island proper -- though, in reality, Brooklyn and Queens are geographically part of the island, they are not generally referred to as part of Long Island. North Hempstead is the first town, and on Long Island, the towns are further divided into incorporated villages and unincorporated hamlets. So North Hempstead will include, in our visit, a quick look at just four stores in the village of Great Neck and the hamlets of Roslyn Heights and Albertson. Check back tomorrow for a Snapshot over on The Market Report!

Snapshot: Kawran Bazar Supermarket - Jamaica East, NY

Kawran Bazar Supermarket Owner: unknown Opened: 2005 Cooperative: none Location: 87-54 168th Pl, Jamaica, NY Photographed: December 2019 For the last of our halal/southern Asian supermarkets along Hillside Ave in Jamaica (also see Mannan and Premium), we'll be taking a look at this corner supermarket called Kawran Bazar. While Mannan advertised Bangladeshi food, this one advertises Bengali food. Now don't feel bad if you're  a little shaky on what exactly each of those is; I had to look it up while preparing this post. While Bangladesh is a country in south Asia, the term Bengali refers to an ethnic group that lives primarily in Bangladesh and India. There is a second Kawran Bazar farther west on Hillside Ave that I did not photograph. Up next we're back over to The Market Report for two big name NYC stores, CTown and Ideal Food Basket!

Snapshot: Premium Supermarket - Jamaica, NY

Premium Supermarket Owner: Mohammed Azam Opened: 2014 Cooperative: Krasdale Location: 168-07 Hillside Ave, Jamaica, NY Photographed: December 2019 This Krasdale affiliate is also a halal and Southern Asian store, like Mannan that we saw yesterday. Opened in 2014, it's a rather small 5100 square feet, though that's probably larger than Mannan. Like Mannan, though, this store is also open 24 hours.

Snapshot: Mannan Supermarket - Jamaica, NY

Mannan Supermarket Owner: unknown Opened: 2005 Cooperative: none Location: 166-11 Hillside Ave, Jamaica, NY Photographed: December 2019 This 24-hour halal grocery store caters to the large Middle Eastern and southern Asian population in northwestern Jamaica. Mannan is now a small chain, but I believe this was the original location. I love the fact that the new sign was simply placed in front of the old one on the storefront. We have two more similar stores as we continue east along Hillside Ave before returning to some familiar brands.

Snapshot: 4 Star Vegetable & Food - Jamaica, NY

4 Star Vegetable & Food Owner: Amin Ali Opened: 2009 Cooperative: Krasdale Location: 87-78 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY Photographed: December 2019 We're moving just south of Hillside Ave, the main drag east-west through Jamaica, to this small greengrocer on Sutphin Blvd in the first block south of Hillside. We'll come back to Sutphin when we hit Jamaica South in a few weeks, but for right now we're heading east on Hillside through Jamaica and then towards Long Island!

TOUR: Trade Fair Supermarket - Richmond Hill, NY

Trade Fair Supermarket Owner: Farid "Frank" Jaber Opened: 1994 Cooperative: Retail Grocers Group Location: 130-10 Metropolitan Ave, Richmond Hill, NY Photographed: December 2019 Trade Fair is a small New York City chain with eight locations in Queens. Many of their stores are probably former chain stores, but all of them have been owned by Trade Fair for a long time. All of their stores are open 24/7, and most of them are located in western Queens near Astoria. This is the farthest-east location.

I visited this store (and the others in Jamaica that we'll be seeing) on an absolutely frigid day in December. It barely got into the 20s all day, and by the time night fell, it was very unpleasant. It sure was nice to be in the heated car, that's for sure.
This store has been expanded from its original 10,000 square feet to a significantly larger 18,000 square feet, though the actual construction work feels haphazard and temporary. You can see in the exterior photograph that mu…