Update: What Should Replace Waldbaum's?

Tell us what store you'd like to see open shop in the neighborhood.

Update: June 6, 2:01p.m.: A spokesperson for The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company confirmed that the Waldbaum's store will be closing at the end of the summer.

that the in Bayside—the one near Garden World— will be closing, according to Community Board 11.

The press office for Waldbaum's parent company, , confirmed that the store will be closing at the end of August. But the local rumor mill is already churning about several possible replacements. Patch will update the story when we can confirm any one of them.

In the meantime, Patch wants to know what kind of business the community most wants to fill the space.

Another is expected to stay open.

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David R. Yale June 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I'd love to see a Trader Joe's there!
Mary June 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Trader joes we have enough Asian markets
max June 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Trader Joe's is not an Asian market.
nancy June 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
how about a key food like the one in whitestone with a nice fish dept
josh maryles June 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
How about we let teh ECONOMIC world decide what should be opened
Mike Klubok June 07, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I agree about putting a Trader Joes to replace Waldbaums.
max June 07, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Do the demographics of the area support a Trader Joe's? The parking is not sufficient to support a profitable supermarket.
cmjake June 07, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Trader Joe's but I heard that they will be opening in Fresh Meadows - replacing Filene's?? Can anyone confirm?
Anita June 07, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Third choice is a smaller grocery store like Associated. They would all do well.
Robert Kalish June 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I'd love a branch of North Shore Farms. It would be a place to pick up great prepared foods and deli food. (Check out their store in Great Neck, just across the city line from Little Neck.)
Harry Stafilias June 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
what about an old type of mkt like in the bronx. Many vendors in an open area. Fish,deli,frut+vegetable,meat,bakery etc.
Mike June 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I could deal with an H Mart if it is an Asian market because at least it's a clean and well maintained establishment. If it's one of those dirty Chinese "supermarkets" like downtown Flushing or Queensboro Hill, then the area is screwed. Hopefully it will be an establishment that serves the whole community, because if it goes Asian the white/latino clientele will go elsewhere.
max June 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I sense an undercurrent of racism. How sad!!!!
Mike June 07, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Sorry Max calling out the Asian markets as dirty and not well kept is not racist, it's a fact anyone with two eyes can see. Not all, but many. I've saw a nice Key Food in QBH get turned into a dirty, unkept Chinese market that no one but Asians shop in. And if it only carries Asian products and has signs in Chinese, like Flushing, no whites or Latinos are going to shop there. It's not racist. I am not downgrading my shopping experience. I'd stop into H Mart, as it is well kept, but the others are gross. Sorry!!
Peggie Puppa June 08, 2012 at 12:52 AM
How about a Whole Foods?? Something for everyone!
JOHN June 09, 2012 at 08:26 AM
joe June 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Trader joes or wholefoods. If i have to go to a corporate place it is usually a Stop and Shop. I know they are a little pricey, however, the stores are always clean. http://goo.gl/Rc7Yd
cmjake June 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I shop in Asian markets as does my 92 year old mother (she drives Asian friends there). There are vegetables and other foods that only they carry and we love. I have never felt "disgusted". Maybe my "standards" are not as high as yours. :)
Mike June 11, 2012 at 07:48 AM
I think it will either be a smaller low cost supermarket chain (like a Met food), a drugstore (like a CVS) or an Asian market like H Mart. I don't see a Trader Joe or a Whole Foods finding that spot desirable. There are two other Waldbaums close by, and many people travel to Fairway or stock up at Costco. Though from what I hear the Asian markets are struggling since that J Mart opened in Flushing and they are starting to see a glut (which was inevitable). In fact a big Asian market on Northern just closed. But I never see a person in any of the Korean stores on Northern and they still seem to stay open so who knows what they can make work. Hey, if you think the Asian markets are awesome then enjoy. I can assure you my view of many of these Asian markets as poorly kept and unsanitary is not an obscure opinion. Sorry to break the news to you. But I guess if you really need that special vegetable that you love, then go for it. ;)
cmjake June 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM
"Awesome"? Did I say "awesome"? Did I say they were not poorly kept and unsanitary? Don't apologize to me. You don't need to. It's ok. And yes, I do go for the boy choy, etc. Pretty good cooked up with garlic and olive oil. And you yourself said that "not all but many". I never mentioned in which one I shop. Maybe it is one of the "not all". Bit pompous, aren't you?
David R. Yale June 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Josh, We are the economic world. We vote with our opinions and also with our shopping dollars. I'm not sure why you're opposed to hearing people's opinions, in the ECONOMIC world, that's called market research.
David R. Yale June 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
North Shore Farms is the best! I'd love to see one there!
Dawn Andrew June 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Trader Joes would be great. I have emailed them asking for one closer to this area and they send me a generic thank you letter. If enough people email them, perhaps they will reconsider. They are opening up one by Roosevelt Field.
cmjake June 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
bok choy
Mike June 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I didn't put quotes around "awesome" did I? You put quotes around "disgusted," which I did not say. So before you critique, you should make sure you base it in reality :). If being emphatic and forthright in my view that most Asian markets are unsanitary and not well kept (and are leagues below American supermarkets) make me pompous, then so be it. (And I hope you realize my "sorry" was facetious and not an apology.) I heard another rumor that Trader Joe's might be going to the old Filene's Basement in Fresh Meadows. That seems a more likely scenario as it is right off the LIE and could attract more people from other areas. I guess we'll see!
maria paleatsos June 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
It is ashame to have a store that caters primarily to the asian community. I lrespect my neighbors who are asian, but their should be a store that caters to all the neighbors who havelivedin this commuity. It is on a main road and many families who have lived in this area expect to have a store that accomodates the whole neighborhood. Why couldn"t they put a Whole Foods, or a Stew Leonards, Trader Joes, Or even a Natural organic food store it would raise the quailty of our multi cultural neighborhood .
Jennifer October 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Trader Joe's is my vote!!!! And I did not read any racism in the above comments! Let's get together people and make sure ALL stores uphold high standards or else we won't give them our $$$$!!!! God bless!
Peter February 01, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I totally agree with you. It's not racism. It's a fact.
Betty Ann April 14, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Unfortunately we got stuck with a disgusting Hart there. I had the unfortunate opportunity to go to an H mart in Maryland and it was so nasty....it reeked of fish and every cashier there was rude....just like Asian people are


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