Sheepshead Bay will soon have its supermarket back, thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the LeFrak Organization.
ALDI Food Market has signed a 10-year lease with LeFrak for the 18,481-square-foot space formerly occupied by a Pathmark grocery store at 3785 Nostrand Ave. It is slated to open in late 2013.
According to Markowitz, this is the first store in Brooklyn and fourth citywide for the store that will offer customers more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under ALDI exclusive brands for much less.
“The preservation and creation of supermarkets has been, and continues to be, a top priority of my office,” said Markowitz, who was joined in making the announcement last Friday by state
Assembly member Helene Weinstein, City Council member Lew Fidler and Theresa Scavo, district manager of Community Board 15.
Described as a retailer that has grown without mergers or acquisitions, ALDI opened 75 stores in the U.S. in 2011 and plans to open 80 more in 2012.
Other city locations are in Rego Park (61-11 Junction Blvd.), the Bronx (1750 E Gun Hill Rd.) and a recently opened one in Manhattan (517 East 117th St.).
“We are looking forward to bringing our first store to the Brooklyn community and helping customers stretch their dollars even further,” said Bruce Persohn, a division vice president for ALDI. “Once open, we will challenge shoppers to switch from national brands to our exclusive brands and save up to 50 percent without compromising quality.”
Commented Marylou Berk, head of commercial real estate for LeFrak, “Everyone [at LeFrak] is excited to have brought ALDI to the Sheepshead Bay community. Residents in this area are looking forward to having a grocery chain that offers high-quality items at unbeatable prices.”
Michael Stone of Cushman and Wakefield represented the shopping center. The tenant was represented by Esther Bukai of Ripco Real Estate.