Folks, there is an area in Queens, NY (Fresh Meadows/Bayside, Queens area) where I think Key Food Supermarket will become too dominant in the neighborhood (aka: Anti-Trust Issues) if Key Food does not withdraw from bidding at the 2 Waldbaum’s Supermarkets below. There is also the fact that, for the acquired stores, Key Food Only wants to Keep Lowest Paid Part-Timers, Cut Medical Benefits from Family Plan to Single Plan & Reduce Hourly Pay by $5/Hr.
Scroll down to file Anti-Trust complaints to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), the Key Food headquarter phone number and address are also listed below. The local NY Senator Tony Avella is keeping a close watch on the fate of the Waldbaum’s and Pathmark within his district, you can subscribe to Senator Avella’s mailing list at this link for the latest updates on the five Waldbaum’s and Pathmark in his district. The 2 Waldbaum’s noted in this blog are both inside Senator Avella’s district. In addition, the following grocery stores are also in Senator Avella’s district: Pathmark at 31-06 Farrington St, Flushing NY 11354, Waldbaum’s at 213-15 26th Ave, Bayside NY 11360, and Waldbaum’s at 153-01 10th Ave, Whitestone NY 11357.
I believe the heavy concentration of Key Food clustering in one area (FOUR Key Food Supermarkets within a THREE-mile radius, with no other comparable American supermarket nearby) is stifling competition and giving consumers little choices. Although there are two ethnic supermarkets: Korean H-Mart Supermarket and Chinese IOG Supermarket, I heard these two Asian Supermarkets have bad odor in the store (Rotten-egg like Kimchi odor at HMart by the K-Town Restaurant inside the supermarket, and fishy odor in the open fish tank at IOG) that turn off non-Asian customers. That’s besides the fact that ethnic grocers HMart and IOG do not sell as many variety of mainstream American food products.
Existing Key Food (see picture of a Map above)
1) Key Food at 214-14 73rd Ave, Bayside NY 11364 (see the sign of “A” in the photo above)
2) Key Food at 61-50 Springfield Blvd, Bayside NY 11364 (see the sign of “B” in the photo above)
Key Food is a Stalking Horse Bidder intending to buy the following two Waldbaum’s
3) Waldbaum’s to be converted into Key Food at 196-35 Horace Harding Expy, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 (see the sign of “C” in the photo above)
4) Waldbaum’s to be converted into Key Food at 35-09 Francis Lewis Blvd, Bayside NY 11358 (see the sign of “D” in the photo above)
The Headquarter of Key Food Stores Co-Operatives is: 1200 South Ave, Staten Island, NY, 10314. Tel: 718-370-4200
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