Windsor Terrace Residents Still Fighting Walgreens

The residents of Windsor Terrace continue to fight against the Walgreen’s planned for the space that used to house the neighborhood’s only grocery store. Residents started a website, Green Beans Not Walgreens, which states, “Walgreens claims they will offer ‘expanded food offerings,’ but the store they are planning would not include meats, fish, a bakery, or many other items that Windsor Terrace residents need from a grocery store. Less than one-third of the small store would be devoted to food items.” So far Walgreens has rejected the neighbors demands that it either terminate its lease or include a full-service grocery store. More than 1,000 residents have signed the petition against the mega-chain’s arrival. There will be a community meeting on the matter on Monday, July 30th, and then a rally outside the site on August 1st.
Windsor Terrace Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Walgreens [Brownstoner]
Windsor Terrace Key Foods Shutting Down Abruptly [Brownstoner]
Photo via Green Beans Not Walgreens

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  • I wish the residents luck. Although I live on the other side of the park I’ve shopped at that Key Food for many years and think that Walgreens will be a very poor substitute.

  • I wish the residents luck. Although I live on the other side of the park I’ve shopped at that Key Food for many years and think that Walgreens will be a very poor substitute.

  • The thing is, there’s nothing really to fight. The fact is that this size of supermarket no longer makes any economic sense, which is why this typology is closing all over the place.

    The community can have a drug store, or the site can be demolished and rebuilt as residential or medical office. Those are the most realistic and economically feasible uses.

    • The size is pretty typical of NYC supermarkets–actually bigger than most–do you think this means that most supermarkets, except for a handful of suburban-type super stores, are likely to close?

      • Yes, I do, and that’s exactly what’s been happening. Supermarkets of this size have been closing all over the place. They don’t make any economic sense.

        • That seems like an overstatement. “good” grocery stores all over the place are not closing. Key foods was disgusting, but useful for locals. If it made any effort to be anything more than mediocre it would have flourished. It was them vs commuting to fairway or fresh direct. Walgreens however is useless and redundant. Long story short, it doesn’t make any economic sense to squander a near monopoly, but key food found away and pulled a “move the browns to Baltimore” move on the”WT”…f them and I hope Walgreens fails. While foods anyone…no superfund issues in these parts.

    • The size is pretty typical of NYC supermarkets–actually bigger than most–do you think this means that most supermarkets, except for a handful of suburban-type super stores, are likely to close?

  • Walgreen will open, it is really up to the community if they will be able to stay open. If the community does not shop there, it will close eventually.
    The site is privately owned and the the local pols can grandstand but ultimately do nothing about it.

    If it lived there, I would be pressuring my elected official to increase the frequency of the 61 or restore the 75 bus to allow people to get to C-Town on 9th Street which has free delivery for orders over $25.00

    There are a lot of fresh food options on Prospect Park West such as a really good butcher and green grocers but they are pricy for every day full stock up
    shopping.

  • Walgreen will open, it is really up to the community if they will be able to stay open. If the community does not shop there, it will close eventually.
    The site is privately owned and the the local pols can grandstand but ultimately do nothing about it.

    If it lived there, I would be pressuring my elected official to increase the frequency of the 61 or restore the 75 bus to allow people to get to C-Town on 9th Street which has free delivery for orders over $25.00

    There are a lot of fresh food options on Prospect Park West such as a really good butcher and green grocers but they are pricy for every day full stock up
    shopping.

  • I’d be happy for them to relocate that Walgreens over to my corner of Bed-Stuy (anywhere on Bedford between Fulton and DeKalb would be perfect for me.)

  • Based on the Reporting Desert now surrounding this issue, it’s clear that everyone in WT has gone back to their regularly scheduled lives and the Walgreens show will go on without any further adjustments to the controls.

    The food stores on Prospect Park West are probably in for a big increase in business. I’ll bet the Meat Market and all the deli/convenience stores will come close to making up for the loss of Key Food.

    Meanwhile, Fresh Direct will probably get a lot more orders from WT, and shoppers will explore the aisles of the supermarkets on 9th St, 7th Ave, Pathmark next to Lowes, Costco, Fairway in Red Hook, C-Town on Coney Island Avenue and the supermarket on McDonald Ave in Kensington.

    There’s no Food Desert in WT. The place is surrounded by a forest of supermarkets, which is going to grow even more because Whole Foods is coming.

  • Walgreens already knows it’s got lots of business coming from WT. Moreover, it will probably acquire the customer lists from Ballard’s and Oak and it will probably hire the pharmacists from both places. There’s no way those two small operations can match the pricing of Walgreens.

    Though older residents may feel a connection to those old pharmacies, but newer residents don’t. Price rules.

    It’s funny that complainers are pretending the absence of Key Food will turn WT into a Food Desert. The neighborhood is surrounded by supermarkets.

    But WT is a Pharmacy Desert. Wait till locals see prices at Walgreens. Then they’ll start thinking Walgreens isn’t so bad.

    Anyway, WT is in another of its phase changes. Krupa’s is gone and Terrace Bagels is shrinking.

    I heard Farrell’s is turning into a TGIF…

  • Here’s the text of a letter I sent to Mr. Markowitz and various congressmen:

    Dear Mr. Markowitz.
    I urge you to block Walgreen’s from taking over the Key Food supermarket on Prospect Avenue.
    My family is going on five generations in Windsor Terrace. When it was a Bohack’s supermarket, my grandparents shopped there, as did my parents; as a Key Food, it has been convenient to later generations of my family.
    My 86-year-old aunt was able to walk to Key Food and purchase whatever she needed. If it becomes a Walgreen’s, she will have to walk to C-Town on Ninth Street. It will be possible only in perfect weather, and if she is feeling particularly well. Like many other seniors who cannot drive, she is dependent on a good supermarket within walking distance — and she, like other elderly people, likes to be independent and finds walking healthy.
    Please use your influence to restore what is needed in our neighborhood: a good supermarket.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Barbara Minakakis