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Snapshot: Lee's International Food Market - East Orange, NJ

Lee's International Food Market Owner:  Xian Lee Opened:  2005 Cooperative:  none Location:  401 Main St, East Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Previously at 407 Main Street, Lee's International Food Market is now at the other end of the same building. Check out the previous store here ! Our next stop is a former supermarket in the next block east on Grocery Archaeology .

Look Inside: Olive May Natural Foods - East Orange, NJ

Olive May Natural Foods Owner:  Nasar Arain Opened:  1924 Cooperative:  none Location:  516 Main St, East Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 We're here just across the street from Brick Church Plaza to take a look inside New Jersey's oldest operating natural foods store! That's right, although this store has changed ownership, it's been continuously operating since 1924. Inside, the store features a juice bar, vitamins and supplements, general grocery, and dairy/frozen. It looks fairly newly renovated. The front wall has the juice bar, with the register and vitamins on the right side wall. Dairy is at the back, with frozen on the left side wall pictured here. Grocery aisles line the middle of the store, running parallel to Main Street. I swear I took a picture of a grocery aisle, but my phone seems to have eaten it or else it simply evaporated into thin air. The store, though, is very nice! Our next stop is a few blocks east on Main Street o

TOUR: Extra Supermarket - East Orange, NJ

Extra Supermarket Owner:  Alberto Mendez Opened:  2018 under current ownership; 1980s under previous ownership Cooperative:  none Location:  563 Central Ave, East Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 We're here today to tour the original Extra Supermarket! There are two branches of Extra: Alberto Mendez owns East Orange (this one), Maplewood , Lyons Ave in Newark (which we'll tour soon), and Dover (previously Bravo); and Mitchel Lopez owns Elizabeth, Avon Ave in Newark (both of which we'll tour soon), and Jersey City . Mendez's stores, which are the older locations previously owned by Lopez's father, were Krasdale affiliated but are now independent and sell Best Yet, and Lopez's stores are Retail Grocers Group. We first saw this Extra Supermarket, which was previously a Village ShopRite and before that a Good Deal, back in 2019 in a quick snapshot. You can get an idea of the store's orientation there. The front wall, facing Central Av

Snapshot: Steve's Market - East Orange, NJ

Steve's Market Owner:  Stephane Koffi Opened:  2005 Cooperative:  none Location:  601 Central Ave, East Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Another small store along Central Avenue in East Orange diagonally across the street from Charlie Supermarket . Our next stop will be at the eastern end of this block, which we'll be touring tomorrow here on The Independent Edition!

Snapshot: Charlie Supermarket - East Orange, NJ

Charlie Supermarket Owner:  Charlie Madera Opened:  2013 Cooperative:  unknown Location:  620 Central Ave, East Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Today's snapshot is just over the border into East Orange (we'll be in East Orange from here on, despite being just a quarter of a mile from yesterday's Save-A-Lot ). This is a large bodega or small supermarket that I unfortunately didn't go inside, as this was my last stop of the day and I was running short on time. We have another small store just across the street on the same block tomorrow here on The Independent Edition, before we head down to the next block east to tour the main large supermarket on Central Ave here in East Orange!

Look Inside: Benny's Market - Orange, NJ

Benny's Market Owner:  Dwayne Williams Opened:  1992 Cooperative:  none Location:  60 Park St, City of Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Directly across the street from yesterday's Frednes International Market , is this independent grocery store. A small corner store with a lot of selection (produce, grocery, dairy, frozen, deli, meat, hot food), this place packs a lot into 3,000 square feet. Handwritten aisle markers! Gives the store a bit of personality. Up next we're heading to the south of Route 280 to see a few stores along Central Avenue in Orange and East Orange, beginning with one over on The Market Report tomorrow!

Snapshot: Frednes International Market - Orange, NJ

Frednes International Market Owner:  unknown Opened:  2011 Cooperative:  none Location:  53 Park St, City of Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Today's snapshot is this African market just to the north of Main Street. It's in the second block to the north of the main business district, but it's a little more of a destination so people will come specifically to this store for specialty items you can't get elsewhere. Tomorrow we'll take a look at the grocery store across the street!

Look Inside: Ho's Fruit & Vegetables - Orange, NJ

Ho's Fruit & Vegetables Owner:  Yeon Yoo Opened:  1994 Cooperative:  Red & White FoodBase Location:  173 Main St, City of Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Our next stop along Main Street is another greengrocer! Just a few doors over from S&E is Ho's Fruit & Vegetables, which also has some grocery items. Let's take a look inside... I love the red floor and wood paneling! Great classic interior, with a nice selection of basics, international items, and natural foods. We're going to head about a block and a half north, just around the corner, to see two stores across the street from each other both here on The Independent Edition!

Snapshot: S&E Fruit & Vegetables - Orange, NJ

S&E Fruit & Vegetables Owner:  unknown Opened:  2018 Cooperative:  none Location:  187 Main St, City of Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Today's snapshot is a quick look at a greengrocer shop on Main Street in downtown Orange. I didn't go inside, but I did go inside a different greengrocer shop just four doors up the street to the right (east). Come back tomorrow to take a look inside!

TOUR: Joe's Market - Orange, NJ

Joe's Market Owner:  Ho Jeong Kim Opened:  1997 Cooperative:  Krasdale Foods Location:  201 Main St, City of Orange, NJ Photographed:  July 2020 Joe's Market, with locations in Newark , Irvington, and here in Orange, is one of the destinations for Caribbean and African imported foods in Essex County. These hole-in-the-wall stores are popular for the specialized items that are hard to find elsewhere. This one does not have a seafood department, as the others do, but it features produce and grocery items. Looking towards the back of the store in the left-side aisle. I believe there are three aisles, but the 3900 square foot store is very deep. I had a great time wandering around this store. All of the products were totally foreign to me and I love to cook and experiment with new foods, so this was a lot of fun. I've recently gotten to know African food better, so it was interesting to me to see some products and ingredients I had heard of, but not r

Snapshot: John's Market - City of Orange, NJ

John's Market Owner:  Paul Madugno Opened:  ca. 1917 Cooperative:  none Location:  100 S Essex Ave, City of Orange, NJ Photographed:  June 2020 This 100+ year old corner grocery-deli has anchored the Italian-American community in Orange for decades. More a luncheonette than a grocery store, it's one of the few Italian businesses remaining in Orange which has since seen increases in Hispanic and Black populations as the older Italian populations move to the western suburbs. I had a vague recollection that this store was previously an American Stores (ACME) location, but I don't believe that's actually true. It has been John's Market since at least 1917. And while I'm sure the sign isn't original, it's still a wonderful relic of the City of Orange of long ago. Up next, we'll be touring a store just to the north of the interstate, which cuts straight through the center of Orange and East Orange, then just to the north of downtown