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    Key Food Opens 4 Stores in Brooklyn

    Locations previously operated under Associated banner

    Key Food Stores Co-operative Inc., a chain of independently owned and operated grocery stores, is opening four new locations in Brooklyn, N.Y. In celebration, Key Food is hosting a grand-opening event at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Key Food on 4121 Church Avenue, followed shortly by a ceremony at the Key Fresh & Natural at 3315 Avenue H.

    The two other stores, a Key Food at 2720 Church Avenue and a Key Fresh and Natural at 7918 3rd Avenue, are both currently open, with official celebrations slated for this summer.

    Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz will attend both June 7 celebrations, along with Key Food’s chief executive Dean Janeway, VP George Knobloch, senior director Chet Koby and VP of Business Development Gino Palummo.

    All four new additions were formally Associated stores owned by the Shehadeh brothers. The locations will carry a large variety of Caribbean items and offer such features as full-service delis, butcher shops, fresh produce and ATMs.

    “[W]e converted our stores to be able to offer our customers better pricing, higher quality, and greater selection while maintaining the same great staff and service our customers are used to,” said store co-owner David Shehadeh. “We have been a part of these neighborhoods for almost 30 years and know our customers well. We cater to the diverse needs of these communities and look forward to being able to better serve them.”

    Founded in Brooklyn in 1937, Staten Island, N.Y.-based Key Food includes more than 135 grocery stores that operate under the Key Food Marketplace, Key Fresh & Natural, Food Dynasty, Food World, Holiday Farm, Locust Valley, and Milford Farms banners in all five New York City boroughs, Long Island, upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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