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Snapshot: Tropical Farm - White Plains, NY

Tropical Farm Owner: Kyung and Cheol Gon Kim Opened: 2016 Cooperative: none Location: 530 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY Photographed: March 2019 West on Tarrytown from yesterday's Apple Farm is another small greengrocer shop owned by a husband-and-wife team who also have a produce store in the Bronx. This one, unlike Apple Farm, is entirely Caribbean-focused. You can read more about the store and see a video here.

TOUR: Apple Farm - White Plains, NY

Apple Farm Owner: Danny Yoon Opened: 1996 Cooperative: none Location: 37 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY Photographed: March and May 2019 Today's tour is a very small perishables-only type store just outside of the city of White Plains. I'd hesitate to call it either a supermarket or a greengrocer, as it features impressive floral, produce, deli, bakery, and seafood departments, all packed into just 4000 square feet of space. This has to be the best example of this type of store I've ever been in. Before we tour the store, I just want to give a quick shoutout to the owner or manager of the store (I have it listed as being owned by Danny Yoon, and I don't know if Yoon was the man I encountered at the store). Either way, on both of my visits, he was present on the sales floor and helping lots of customers. For instance, I wanted some fresh pasta from behind the deli counter but the counter was packed with people getting sliced lunchmeat, while the pasta was in a different sec…

TOUR: Country Markets - Eastchester, NY

Country Markets Owner: Joseph Friedman Opened: 1989 Cooperative: Key Food Stores Location: 344 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY Photographed: March 2020 This 16,000 square foot store looked vaguely like a former A&P before its renovation, but I don't know the building's origin for sure. Opening under current ownership in 1989, the store was a CTown for many years. When the store dropped the CTown branding somewhere around 2009, it solidified the store's increasingly upscale positioning. Though it remained Krasdale-affiliated for a short time thereafter, it later became independent and got a distribution contract with Elizabeth, NJ-based Wakefern Food Corp., which runs ShopRite stores. In 2019, the store ended its Wakefern contract and became a Key Food member. The switch to Key Food also brought an interior renovation to the same decor package as the Dan's Supreme stores we've seen recently (I have another Dan's Supreme coming up shortly, but it has a different…

Coming Soon!

As we move north through Westchester county, we'll be stopping in the towns of Eastchester, Scarsdale, White Plains, Ardsley, and Hastings-On-Hudson, generally circling up the east side, across west at White Plains, the large city of central Westchester, and then a few stores to the southwest of the city. For a little bit of a bigger picture view, we're still heading north of New York City through the direct northern suburbs through Westchester and then Putnam counties, crossing the border into central Connecticut and then circling back south along the INT-95 corridor. We'll then finish up New York State before attacking New Jersey. But that's all far in the future, let's stick with central Westchester for now!

TOUR: Bryn Mawr Market - Bryn Mawr, Yonkers, NY

Bryn Mawr Market IGA Owner: Al Cifutelli Opened: 2004 Cooperative: IGA Location: 146 Lockwood Ave, Bryn Mawr, Yonkers, NY Photographed: March 2020 The small neighborhood of Bryn Mawr in Yonkers is sandwiched between the Saw Mill River Pkwy on the west and INT-87 on the east. It has one supermarket in that section, which is this Bryn Mawr IGA. The 7100 square foot store appears to have been created from several smaller storefronts, including a 3900 square foot one that was likely the original supermarket. Inside, the store has a distinctive old-fashioned look about it. That's balanced somewhat by the Walmart decor visible here, for the produce department. As we can see, the decor has been retrofitted somewhat. The picture on the sign appears to be taped on, while the aisle markers have some some older category markers added on. Dairy and meat line the back wall, with frozen in the second-to-last aisle and deli in the last aisle. A very nice mural of a city street (perhaps somewhere in …

Snapshot: Shop Smart Food Market - Yonkers, NY

Shop Smart Food Market Owner: Belgica de Jesus Opened: 2015 under current ownership Cooperative: Krasdale Location: 354 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY Photographed: March 2019 Shop Smart Food Market is a banner of Krasdale Foods, but few stores actually operate under that name exclusively. You can see the newer logo from Krasdale's website here. This deli-grocery store located just to the north of downtown Yonkers is an interesting case. For one, I'm pretty sure there would have originally been a panel to the right that says "Food Mart" or "Food Market" on the white sign, like this location on Staten Island has. Second, based on the shape of the second S, I'm thinking the lettering was originally stacked -- meaning that perhaps this sign is actually secondhand from another location, possibly when there were more locations. This store is located at the base of a residential tower along Nepperhan Avenue, which extends to the north of downtown.

Snapshot: Williams Farm - Getty Square, Yonkers, NY

Williams Farm Owner: Jung Yong Shin Opened: 2004 Cooperative: none Location: 131 New Main St, Getty Square, Yonkers, NY Photographed: March 2019 Wrapping up our coverage of Getty Square with this greengrocer of about 1600 square feet. This store is at 131 New Main Street, with the former Compare Foods at 125 New Main two doors down, then the Shop Fair at 116 New Main (don't ask me how those numbers can all be on the same side of the street, but I digress) four doors down beyond that. All three are visible in the above photo. Now that we're done with downtown Yonkers, we'll be passing through the much more suburban neighborhoods in the northeast of the city!