Report: Waldbaum’s Will Become H Mart

The employees of Waldbaum's will be offered transfers.

The Korean cuisine market H Mart will replace on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Bayside, The Daily News reports.

Patch reported that Waldbaum's near Garden World is set to close at the end of August, and that 77 of its employees would be out of work.

The Daily News further reported that those Waldbaum’s employees are being offered jobs at the company’s other stores.


Dawn Andrew June 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I actually heard that a few months ago but figured it was just a rumor. North Shore Farms would have been amazing.
Catherine Simone June 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Why is it that we can't get a Trader Joe's around here... This is becoming more frustrating as time goes on. The Senior citizens who live in this area can no longer walk to the market for their daily needs. First they took Key Food away on Utopia & 46th Ave & replaced it with yet another pharmacy, which we surely don't need. Now this!! We need a local AMERICAN market!!!!!
D. Frank June 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I would suspect that's because Trader Joe's doesn't see the profitability of opening stores there, and the number of senior citizens who walk to the market isn't enough to keep a store in business. That's capitalism.
Gary R. June 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Korean and Chinese immigrants don't shop in American markets, and they don't want Americans to patronize their markets. Since the neighborhood is primarily Asian at this point, American businesses are being driven out of existence. My 85-year-old mom (deceased) used to go into the Korean-run markets in Flushing and they would totally ignore her, serving other Korean customers that came in after her. A few times she was reduced to tears. This is a disgusting development - American seniors having to endure this insult in their "golden years". Our government should be ashamed that they allow this to happen. 90 percent of the Asians are illegals besides. I guess money talks - the politicians are lining their pockets and they don't care about their constituents.
Mike June 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Asian markets as a whole have no customer service -- whether you are Asian, or white, or whomever. This is the best outcome. H Marts are well maintained, clean stores that provide many of the staples all shoppers can use. Be happy it is an established, reputable chain and not one of those haphazard, poorly maintained Asian markets that litter downtown Flushing and south. There's another Waldbaums literally a few blocks south on Francis Lewis , and one a bit farther (but not far) just north also on Franny. With big box stores (e.g. BJ's, Costco), and competition from Fairway and other bigger supermarkets (along with changing demographics), anyone with eyes knew one of these Waldbaums was going in the near future. Asians have been great for the neighborhood in terms of property value, safety, and being nice neighbors, but the "colonizing" aspect that happens with these stores can be unnerving. You go to other minority neighborhoods like Corona and Jackson Heights and you still have American Supermarkets (with an ethnic aisle or two), but nothing like these Asian stores. But, as I said, in terms of Asian markets, H Mart is the best for broad community needs. Let's just hope the signage is in English!
Karen Califano June 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
AGREED 100%. I have nothing against the Asians (Koreans, Chinese, etc. in the area) but they have tons of their type of food stores/supermarkets all over the area, and it seems the American markets are becoming few and far between. I for one, prefer a cleaner type of market, and Trader Joe's would be fantastic to have in the neighborhood. Even a Whole Foods would be nice.
Karen Califano June 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I still prefer a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods as opposed to H Mart. Sorry, but that's the way I feel. Let the Asians in the area go to downtown Flushing like they already do or the several Northern Boulevard Asian markets to get their products. I travel to Arthur Avenue or Little Italy to get fine Italian products and I live in Bayside, so if we can do it, so can they.
Lena June 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
UGH! Why? There's an H Mart in Flushing on Northern. There's an H-Mart in Little Neck on that side street off Northern. Why can't we get a Trader Joe's?
Mike June 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
The demographics of the area, as well as the location, would never lure a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. There are H Marts in Great Neck and one in Williston Park near my parents and the world didn't fall apart. Would I shop there as a non-Asian? No. But if I was in a pinch I would have no problem as it is a clean, well taken care of grocery chain. I see the Asian "super markets" down Flushing, and have stopped in many during my commute, and they are gross. The H marts are so much nicer (even the smaller, older ones). Trust me, be thankful. We have Italian specialty stores and shops in Queens, Brooklyn and LI, as well as Italian products stocked in every "American" grocery store, so I don't begrudge them wanting a store to cater to their Asian needs (which are not carried in American grocery). I just wish they would provide better customer service, and remember they are in America and should provide primary signage in English (which H marts usually do). The Korean stores along Northern are horrendous with their signage in huge Korean letters and super tiny English (if any). And considering South Korea has one of the slowest growing populations, and its population is shrinking rapidly, it's never going to maintain immigration levels to sustain all these businesses. It's the Chinese that are the bulk of the Asian population in NE Queens, which H mart also caters too. The Korean population is not as large as you would think. Change will come again...
American Pride June 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Sure 90% of the Asians are illegal? I guess when your mom died you sold her million dollar home.
maria paleatsos June 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I agree with you. Look at my comments. This is America. We have lived in this neighborhood for over 20 years. I thought i was the only one protesting.
Andrea July 05, 2012 at 09:39 AM
I am American, born and raised in the US, NOT of Korean descent, and I've been shopping at H-Mart in Great Neck for a few years now and I love it; I buy my produce and fresh fish there; the produce is way cheaper and BETTER QUALITY than Waldbaums; the fresh fish is awesome, but the prices on fish have been creeping up over the past year. The signs are in Englis and about 80% of the employees speak and understand English; they have American Oldies music playing over the loudspeaker; I think it's a great store, and they welcome their American customers (not like other Asian markets). It's a very clean store with friendly employees who are very helpful. I would prefer a Trader Joe's but I'm happy that H-Mart is opening closer to home. For those who are against it, give it a try; I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I've been to other H-Marts, but Great Neck is the best one in Queens/Long Island, and hopefully the Bayside H-Mart will be like the one in Great Neck.
marlajo July 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
maybe we can get a trader joe where filenes used to be. does anyone know what is slated to go where filenes in fresh meadows was?
Jim July 23, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Have you ever been in an H Mart with white or African American employees? Why does H Mart only employ Asians and Hispanics? Isn't this employment discrimination and against the law?
Andrea September 14, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I can tell you it's not going to be Trader Joe's; I asked them already and the person I spoke to said no.
Andrea September 14, 2012 at 04:49 AM
You're right Jim. I never realized that!! It MAY be employment discrimination .... a lot of that is going on now!
anonymous October 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Michaels Arts and Crafts is slated to open there. There is already a sign indicating this at the property
anonymous October 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Who would want that? this is the reason waldbaums failed in the first place. Racist African American,,Hispanic and white workers who traveled to the store to work but resented their customers. Asian workers know the deal. Provide service or snap... your fired. The end
anonymous October 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Progress does not stop because of old outdated views that are on this page. lol. Waldbaum's was a disaster. Lets face it. Comments on this page are down right racist towards asian people. Get a life. I'm not asian but they take no crap when it comes to treating customers the base of their business correctly. If the worker doesn't do it. No second chances. Snap..you're fired. Also Asian markets demand only fresh produce and meats and also demand low competitive pricing. Let's see what happens
Betty Ann June 29, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I've lived here for 30 years and I am upset with this! I will not shop there andjust imagine how bad the parking will be! These people can't even drive correctly, some don't even have licenses! And I am tired of these Asian already! They do nothing but overcrowd the schools over here, and build two family homes and put three families in it! I grew up in this neighborhood, now I'm being priced out of the neighborhood because of them! They don't even pay taxes on their homes because they get these homes through their so called "churches" so no tax is paid on it! I wish they would've stayed in flushing


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