The windows of the former Fresh Food Supermarket in Oakdale have been papered over with announcements that a new concept is coming soon.
“It will be called The Fresh Grocer, which is a sister brand to ShopRite,” said Veronica Thompson of the ownership team “It will have the same quality and value in a smaller footprint with a focus on fresh food.”
The 25,000-square-foot market is planned for the spring or summer of 2024.
The Thompson family already runs ShopRite locations in Uniondale, Deer Park and Riverhead.
ShopRite, as a company, operates as a cooperative, which according to its website, comprises 50 members who individually own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite banner.
It has been without a supermarket for about three years, when the independently owned Fresh Food Supermarket closed. Fresh Food had opened in June of 2019, with only about seven months under its belt before the pandemic.
Before that, Best Yet Market occupied the space, but in 2016 moved to a larger space on Sunrise Highway in Oakdale, which is now a Lidl that opened in October 2020.
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[Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, for clarity and additional details.]
Also, check out these ShopRite prices from 1981: