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Neighbors Caught By Surprise As Greenwich Village Gristedes Shuts Down Without Warning

August 27, 2018 - 11:04 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- People in Greenwich Village have been left scratching their heads after a supermarket in the neighborhood abruptly shut down. 

An inspection sticker from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets posted next to the locked front doors of the Gristedes on West 3rd and Mercer streets indicates "critical deficiencies" were found at the store. It is unclear what the "critical deficiencies" were.

WCBS Newsradio 880's Steve Burns learned from people in the neighborhood that there were a number of issues in the building including mice and rats, flooding and a recent ceiling collapse.

"They probably shut it down cause it's really gross. I've seen rats and mice and parts of the ceiling fall through and the floor is warped and it's in disrepair," one woman, who lives above the store and only shops there as a last resort, said. 

"I didn't even know that the shut it down," one man said. "It's too bad, because my office is just across the street so it's extremely convenient to shop here."

"It was a selling point when we bought our apartment years ago was that we had an actual supermarket a block from our apartment," another man said.

A Gristedes executive told WCBS Newsradio 880's Steve Burns the company shut the store down while they decide whether to renovate it since it needs "an extensive remodel" and the lease is ending shortly.