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Food Universe opens grocery store in Jackson Heights, takes over former Waldbaum’s space

Waldbaums has been replaced by Food Universe

Waldbaum’s has been replaced by Food Universe

Sept.9, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

A new grocery store is hosting it’s grand opening in Jackson Heights tomorrow, taking the place of the old Waldbaum’s supermarket which went bankrupt last year.

The new Food Universe store, part of Key Food Stores Cooperative Inc., will celebrated its grand opening at 75-55 31st Avenue this morning with the help of local politicians, a radio personality, and some free food.

Assemblymember Michael DenDekker and a representative for Senator Jose Peralta stood beside Key Food executives to cut the ribbon on the new 25,000 square foot store.

“We are so proud to open our doors to the people of Jackson Heights and celebrate with this great neighborhood,” said Key Food Chief Executive Officer Dean Janeway in a statement. “Food Universe is here to provide the community with the highest quality products at the lowest prices, creating a shopping experience that is nothing short of stellar.”

The ribbon cutting celebration featured an appearance by Skeery Jones of the Z100 Morning Show, as well as a free food tasting.

The remodeled store offers an extended deli department, a halal section, and a grab-and-go section with pre-prepared foods.

“As we continue to grow our footprint in the grocery industry, we strive to open stores that offer the ideal grocery experience,” said Key Food Vice President of Business Development John Durante in a statement.

“We’ve put so much hard work into making this Food Universe perfect for the Jackson Heights community.”

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.



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Latina Lady

Why is there “sombreros and piñatas” hanging from the ceiling at the spanish food aisle??? Racist, much?


Why on earth would you say such a thing. The neighborhood is filled with Asians from all over, mexicans, ecuadorian, colombia, etc.. I am from honduras and incorporate Pinatas in a lot of children parties. that doesn’t make me a racist. They’re trying to incorporate a variety of Latin&hispanic cultures in one aisle so what. Don’t project your insecurities.


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