Fruit Tree Farm
Owner: Chang Gyu Choi
Opened: 2001 as Met Foodmarkets, ca. 2016 as Fruit Tree Farm
Cooperative: Retail Grocers Group (this location only)
Location: 1197 Grand Ave, Baldwin, NY
Photographed: December 2018Associated-turned-Key Food, an Associated-turned-Foodtown, a Key Food-turned-CTown, and here, a Met Foods-turned-Associated-turned-Fruit Tree Farm. (It's important to note that Key Food and Krasdale are almost always the winners, and Associated and affiliates almost always the losers.) While this Fruit Tree Farm is affiliated with Retail Grocers Group and sells Parade products, the other location in Copiague is affiliated with Associated Supermarket Group and sells Avenue A products. While I don't know what this store was originally, it was definitely a supermarket. I love the tower!
CTown ones we discussed a while ago. Coincidence or was this store also a CTown before Met Foods? No idea.
Met Foodmarkets logo, and the font for the categories is the same as the word "Foodmarkets" in the logo. The yellow stripe across the aisle marker lined up with the yellow stripe in the Met logo. The Met logo in the top left corner would've been covered by an Associated decal on the top part, reading "Associated Foodmarkets." Then Fruit Tree Farm covered the entire thing with a new logo, but lining up the black "Fruit Tree Farm" bar exactly where the black "Foodmarkets" bar would've been in the Met logo. And that awning looks suspiciously CTown-like, now that I'm thinking about it. See this example in New London, previously a CTown.