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Key Food Stores Co-operative Inc., a chain of independently owned and operated grocery stores, has held grand openings for its three newest locations, two in Long Beach on New York’s Long Island and one on Bay Street in Staten Island, N.Y. Key Food executives were in attendance at the celebrations, which featured ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Both Long Beach stores previously operated under different banners. Retaining their respective staffs, they joined the Key Food retailer cooperative earlier this year.
“The people of Long Beach deserve quality supermarkets,” said Key Food VP of Business Development Gino Palummo. “This is a very strong community that is still continuing to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. Since becoming a part of Key Food, these two stores have not only reopened their doors to residents, but they are now able to serve them better than before.”
Of the other new location, Palummo noted: “This store is a large part of our continued effort to open quality supermarkets in all areas of Staten Island.” To mark the store’s grand opening, the first 200 customers received free movie tickets, while supplies lasted.
“This neighborhood deserves a convenient supermarket that offers high quality and low prices,” observed store owner Mike Said, while John Pitera of local developer Casandra Properties added: “The north shore of Staten Island is becoming the place where everyone wants to be. Amenities such as this new Key Food will play an important role in helping this community grow.”
Staten Island-based Key Food consists of more than 135 independently owned and operated grocery stores with $1.3 billion in annual sales. In addition to Key Food, these stores operate under the Key Food Marketplace, Key Fresh & Natural, Food Dynasty, Food World, Holiday Farms, Locust Valley and Milford Farms banners in all five New York City boroughs, Long Island, upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.