While a replacement for the recently closed Greenburgh A&P store has not yet been found, Town Supervisor Paul Feiner remains optimistic in the search, as one candidate seems likely.
Feiner is eager to open a new supermarket to please constituents, but the lot's landlord lacks a concrete offer from an outside store.
Located in the Crossroads Shopping Center, the A&P closed on April 15 after The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company filed for bankruptcy. The Greenburgh store was chosen because it was not profitable.
Currently, the landlord is in talks with an anonymous chain that would need more space should they open in A&P's old lot. The store is currently 70,000 square feet, but would need to be expanded to about 90,000. for the proposed new tenant.
"We would provide them with more space in the shopping center and let them build out," said Feiner. "So there's a pretty good chance that this will happen."
Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D – Greenburgh) is anxious for a new supermarket to open because the A&P attracted plenty of pedestrian business from residents who do not own cars.
"Potential problems aside, you're centralizing these places," said Shimsky. "For people who don't have cars, it will get more and more difficult for them," she said. "For people who have to take a cab, it is an added burden to their budget at a time when people are having a harder time affording."
For the past few months, Feiner has contacted several supermarkets, encouraging them to open a new store. He also asked the K-Mart in the Crossroads Shopping Center if they would expand their food section.
Feiner and the lot's landlord will meet over the next few weeks to decide on the outcome of the potential renter. More information will be available in June.
Where do you go grocery shopping now that the Crossroads A&P is closed?