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TOUR: El Ideal Supermarket - Passaic, NJ

El Ideal Supermarket
Owner: Belrminio Castillo
Opened: 2014 under current ownership
Cooperative: Krasdale Foods
Location: 269 Monroe St, Passaic, NJ
Photographed: July 2020
Heading just across the street from yesterday's El Especial to this smaller store which still has a large selection with a service seafood department too, which El Especial does not have.
This exterior (including the awning and current color scheme) was installed in 2014 when the store appeared to change ownership.
In the first room, which actually looks like an expansion, we find the service meat/seafood and deli counters. Produce lines the opposite wall.
Moving into the main supermarket room, we find a nice condensed dairy-frozen department. Keep in mind that the store in total is only about 1500 square feet.
Here we can see the pass-through to the perishables room to the left.
We can see how nicely condensed the grocery selection is. This store is a bit more than a bodega given its larger perishables selection.
Up next we're going to be heading two blocks south down to Jefferson Street where we're going to check out a former supermarket tomorrow on Grocery Archaeology!