Bayside loses Waldbaum’s supermarket

Bayside and Flushing shoppers make some of their final trips to the local Waldbaum's, which will close by the end of summer to make room for the incoming Korean cuisine supermarket H Mart. Photo by Yinghao Luo
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Waldbaum’s on Francis Lewis in Bayside is closing, making room for a Korean grocery store in its place, Community Board 11 officials said.

According to a spokeswoman from the A&P supermarket chain, which owns Waldbaum’s, the supermarket near the intersection of 47th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard should be shuttered for good by the end of the summer, costing 77 employees their jobs.

CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece made the initial announcement of the store’s closing at the June 4 CB 11 meeting in Bayside.

Korean supermarket H Mart has been selected as the grocery store’s replacement near Garden World and should be open for business as early as September, according to CB 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld.

“The turnaround should be pretty quick,” Iannece said.

According to the community board chairman, the Korean supermarket received mixed reviews from area residents. The American-based chain is owned by the Hanahreum Group, of Lyndhurst, N.J., and has stores throughout the country.

Iannece said his biggest concern was the loss of jobs for the 77 Waldbaum’s workers.

“When you are dealing with a local supermarket, employees will most likely come from the immediate area,” Iannece said.

But the chairman said the current Waldbaum’s employees will be at least offered an opportunity to work in other locations.

“There is nothing more you can ask for in that regard,” Iannece said.

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., based in Montvale, N.J., has experienced its own financial woes through recent years and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors in 2010. The company also announced it would close one of its Pathmark grocery stores on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City in August.

In November, a Fairway supermarket opened in Douglaston after a large effort from community and city officials including Iannece, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and state Sens. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Iannece said it took a major push to bring in the high-end supermarket because grocery store closures are a telling tale of the weak economy.

The chairman said he was glad to see another supermarket take Waldbaum’s’ place since the loss of any local grocery store is a disruption for shoppers. The location has been home to Waldbaum’s for more than 20 years.

“I am just happy that we won’t be seeing an empty storefront there,” Iannece said.

Seinfeld said H Mart was a good choice as a replacement for the supermarket because it will not interfere with the regular shopping patterns of some residents while also catering to the area’s Korean population.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Updated 9:03 am, June 28, 2012
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Reader feedback

Rosario from Whitestone says:
Does anyone really care about Waldbaums closing
with high priced products overpriced meats. And
expiration dates never taken off the shelves what are
we losing a bad thing from the past. KeyFood Pathmark
are going the same way the people who run these chains are not wonderfuls.
June 30, 2012, 1:15 pm
jenny from bayside says:
I'm glad hmart is coming in. I'm not Asian but I am a vegitarian and i appreciate hmart's low prices and incredibly ripe produce (we are talking whole food quality at key food prices). Thats something that they got right.
July 2, 2012, 7:30 am
jenny from bayside says:
plus that waldbaums was dusty! I'm sure hmart will hire the waldbaums employees--- it will help retain waldbaums shoppers.
July 2, 2012, 7:31 am
Jim from Flushing says:
To Jenny from Bayside:

I'm a little less sure H Mart will hire the Waldbaums employees.

Here's the Careers section of the H Mart website

Does it tell you anything that the directions are all in Korean?
July 5, 2012, 3 pm
John from Flushing says:
H Mart opened a location near my sister in Great Neck and Northern Blvd. and the prices were considerably more expensive. Though supermarkets aren't very profitable as margins are razor thin, something like 1-3%.

HMart is actually a higher end Korean store, not a cut-rate one like the IOG supermarket in Fresh Meadows. Just be aware, the product selection at HMart is also not what the average Waldbaums/Key Food/Pathmark/A&P shopper has always come to expect.

In addition, yes, according to the cashier at Waldbaums, all of the employees are indeed losing their jobs. I would have much rather have preferred a Fairway. Oh well.
July 18, 2012, 8:29 pm
Fabiola from Bayside says:
Im not going to cry over Waldbaums closing... I already found a new store to shop in and thats Foodtown on Bell Blvd. The staff is friendly and their prices are very moderate and the selection is amazing. I love thier deli, every day there is somehting new!
July 20, 2012, 2:29 pm
Pamela from Jackson Heights says:
They should close the Waldbaum's in Jackson Heights on 31 Avenue and 77th Street. Bad meats, rotten fruits, expired dairy, dirty floors and dusty shelves AND incompetent and nasty management!!! Wish H Mart was coming here!!

Hey, A & P wake up, Waldbaum's in Jackson Heights must close!!!!!
Aug. 11, 2012, 4:07 pm
John from Flushing says:
I worked at that Waldbaum's they offered us jobs a two hour drive away. It was that or unemployment. f*** Waldbaum's
Nov. 24, 2012, 9:38 pm

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