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Wegmans is the latest of a flurry of high-quality markets have opened in New York City over the last decade. Wegmans is the latest of a flurry of high-quality markets have opened in New York City over the last decade.
Wednesday, October 18 marks the grand opening of Manhattan’s first Wegmans at 770 Broadway in the space long occupied by Kmart. East Villagers were disappointed at Kmart’s sudden closing in 2021, but got over it quickly once they learned what would be replacing it: In addition to traditional grocery offerings, the new, two-level supermarket will feature a 94-seat seafood restaurant and 10-seat sushi bar (h/t 6sqft) in a space where details from the original Wanamaker’s department store have been restored. Forbes likens it to a food hall like Eataly in Flatiron or Harrods in London. New York’s first Wegmans location in Brooklyn Navy Yard broke records for opening-day sales, and social media shows Manhattan visitors lined up around the block before the doors opened.
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“The community’s response to the opening of our Brooklyn store had an excitement and energy that you can only experience in New York City” – Colleen Wegman, President and CEO, Wegmans

Wegmans is well known for its high-quality offerings and exceptional customer service, not to mention excellent treatment of workers, but shoppers’ enthusiasm goes beyond that. No one likes to lug heavy bags of groceries for several blocks, let alone on public transportation, and convenience was especially at a premium at the height of lockdown. Moreover, close proximity to a grocery store can have a positive impact on a home’s value. The “Trader Joe’s effect” has long been bandied about in real estate circles, and hard data has emerged to back that up: A 2019 study by ATTOM Data Solutions found that homeowners living near a Trader Joe’s experienced an average home seller return on investment of 51 percent, and that those near Whole Foods experienced a 41 percent return on investment.
There was a time when some wondered if ultra-fast online grocers would upend the traditional grocery store, but that does not appear to have come to pass. Meanwhile, real estate developers and agents have come to recognize the importance of grocery stores and are now promoting their proximity as vigorously as they would a building's more over-the-top amenities. Below, we take a look at a number of buildings throughout the city with grocery stores within a few blocks, if not an elevator ride away. The buildings are ranked by the nearby grocery stores' Yelp rating.
In-store sushi counter Wegmans Astor Place sushi counter (Wegmans Food Markets)

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Wegmans, 770 Broadway
Opening October 18, 2023


45-East-7th-Street-01 No. 45E7, #PH (BLU Realty Group)

No. 45E7, #6C (Compass)

Trader Joe's, 121 West 125th Street
Opening estimated for late 2023

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Construction is winding down on the National Urban League Building in Upper Manhattan. Anchor retail tenants will include Target and Trader Joe's, the supermarket's first location in Harlem. The project is also set to bring 170 units of affordable and supportive housing for New Yorkers making 30 to 80 percent of the area median income, as well as the Urban Civil Rights Museum, which will focus on the contributions of civil rights activists in the northern half of the United States. Additionally, roughly 70,000 square feet of office space will be rented to several locally based non-profits below market rate.

26-West-127th-Street-01 26 West 127th Street, #1B (Compass)

26 West 127th Street, #GARDEN (Compass)

Lidl, 120 Fifth Avenue
Opening estimated for 2024

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Park Slope rental development 120 Fifth Avenue is rising on the former site of a Key Food supermarket, but that is not to say this section of Brooklyn will become a food desert. Quite the contrary - when it was announced that a 25,000-square-foot Lidl supermarket would be the centerpiece of the project, developer Billy Macklowe told the Brooklyn Eagle, "We're thrilled to be partnering with Lidl to deliver a new, full-scale supermarket that offers a broad range of quality groceries at affordable prices."

350-Butler-Street-01 The Butler Collection, #8A (Douglas Elliman)

The Butler Collection, #PH1 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Brooklyn Fare, 227 Cherry Street
Opening Q4 2023

Building entrance and port cochere One Manhattan Square entrance (Evan Joseph)
When downtown supertall One Manhattan Square was under construction, Extell Development made a commitment to opening a full-service supermarket in the building to replace the Pathmark that once stood on the site. That came to pass when Brooklyn Fare signed a lease for its largest location yet in the base of the building. It will span two floors and offer groceries, prepared foods, sushi, a deli, a coffee bar, and more. It will also offer such perks as senior discount days and free local delivery.

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One Manhattan Square, #40J (Nest Seekers LLC)

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"I really appreciate the workers who were there [during the pandemic] - they were still very friendly and working hard" - Sarah X.

The Upper East Side is known for gracious living, and its Whole Foods outpost lives up to that with offerings like custom floral arrangements, fresh pasta by the pound, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Local residents greatly appreciate it - this writer once witnessed a Yorkville shopper using a stroller to tote his Whole Foods bags, giving new meaning to the phrase "food baby."

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180 East 88th Street, #44 (Corcoran Group)

"There are too few quality grocery stores in Harlem" - Pamela S.

When Harlem's first Whole Foods opened, real estate agents and residents alike saw it as a sign of the neighborhood's upswing. Over three and a half years later, a Trader Joe's is on the way (see above) and locals have come to embrace the store's selection of beers, cheeses, and baked goods. Additional offerings include a Market Burger outpost, mochi bar, and nut butter grinding station.

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300 West, #3A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

"The seafood section of this particular store markets some of the freshest seafood in Manhattan" - Peter S.

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Before the BridgeMarket Trader Joe's opened its doors, locals looked to this Whole Foods to meet their gourmet grocery needs. Customers appreciate the seafood selection, and the store offers a squeeze-your-own orange juice machine and nut butter grinding station.

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252 East 57th Street, #62A (Serhant LLC)

"Is it the ease of location? Just steps from Atlantic. Or maybe it's the ABUNDANCE of plant-based/vegan options present." - Racquel B.

Given its address near the myriad subway lines at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, it's easy for Brooklynites to pick up groceries. This location has Juice Press and Next Level Burger eateries, and additional offerings include a mochi bar and nut butter grinders.

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One Hanson Place, #9GH (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

"I come here for essentially everything: from grocery shopping, dinner at times...and pick up a few drinks along the way" - Jacky C.

Between the gourmet grocery offerings, beer growler fill-ups, and wine store, this Whole Foods outpost truly is a one-stop shop for gourmands. The store also offers a squeeze-your-own orange juice station, nut butter grinders, and bulk Whole Body products.

15 West 96th Street Fifteen (The Agency Brokerage)

Fifteen, #14B (The Agency Brokerage)

"I love the quality of the groceries here! Don't be discouraged if there is a long line" - Cara T.

Customers of this Whole Foods are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the store's hot bar with its extensive selection catering to all diets and tastes. In the meantime, it continues to offer fresh fruit, squeeze-your-own orange juice station, nut butter grinders, mochi bars, and bulk Whole Body, sweeteners, and spices.

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The Chelsea Mercantile, #PHR (Serhant LLC)

"This Trader Joe's has a parking lot that many locations in NYC don't have so if you plan to drive around getting groceries, I suggest you come here" - Justin L.

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In December 2021, Williamsburg's first Trader Joe's opened its doors to the public. The interior decor pays tribute to area landmarks like the Williamsburg Bridge and, while the store offers the same branded products as its counterparts throughout the boroughs, it has one thing they don't: a parking lot.

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Austin Nichols House, #B406 (Nest Seekers LLC)

"This place is definitely a one-stop shop" - Betty L.

Given its proximity to Union Square, this Whole Foods outpost is ideal for grabbing groceries or even a meal for a park picnic. Shoppers appreciate the variety of prepared foods, organic produce, and bulk Whole Body and spice selections.

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15 Union Square West, #4C (Verus Real Estate Inc)

"I love finding cool products here and there" - Miriam W.

Williamsburg has experienced a retail renaissance in recent years, and that includes the neighborhood's first Whole Foods outpost. In addition to the organic produce, extensive vegetarian options, and bakery items shoppers have come to know and love, this location offers a Kimbap Lab, Williamsburg Sandwich, on-tap kombucha, mochi bar, and "odd item recycling" bin.

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171N1, #3K (Compass)

"I like this market because they literally have everything" - Suzumi A.

Before Trader Joe's made its way to the Kips Bay/Murray Hill area, Fairway was a mainstay for locals. Residents appreciate the great care in the cheese and meat departments, delicious bakery items, weekly deals, and helpfulness of the staff.

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Eastlight, #19A (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

"Picnic in the park? No problem" - Rose N.

When this Whole Foods opened in a predominantly office-dominated area, people appreciated the ability to grab groceries on the way home or get takeout for lunch in Bryant Park. In addition to the traditional hot bar, the store's eateries include Pizza Parlor, Fresca Burrito, Harbor Bar, Medi, and Genji Sushi Kano.

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The Bryant, #18C (Corcoran Group)

"The quality, service, logistic, and space were top-notch" - Cynthia Z.

The Shops at Columbus Circle are known for their shopping and dining offerings, and the Whole Foods in the basement level would appear to be a combination of both. Visitors and tourists alike appreciate the extensive selection and high-quality customer service.

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One Central Park, #74/75B (Modlin Group LLC)

"Wide open space and perfectly stocked in every category" - Cam E.

The Tribeca Whole Foods' expansive layout and generous selection have already been greatly appreciated, and even more so in the age of social distancing. Tribeca Burger and Tribeca Sandwich sell made-to-order meals, and the store also offers beer growler fill-ups, a mochi bar, and produce from Community Supported Agriculture.

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101 Warren Street, #3210 (Compass)

"The store is super sleek with multiple cash register areas, plenty of space to walk around, and an overall beautiful aesthetic." - Nishad J.

In the thick of the acclaimed restaurants of Manhattan West, this Whole Foods is the natural setting for those who prefer to dine in. In addition to its organic produce, extensive meat and seafood selections, and prepared food of all cuisines, this branch has outposts from Matchaful, Cafe Grumpy, Black Top Stir Fry, Jajaja, and West Side Corner to be enjoyed at home or on the public seating area the store opens up to.

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Fifteen Hudson Yards, #72B (Corcoran Group)

"One of the smaller locations throughout the city but still great in functionality" - Brandon G.

The Lower East Side is known for its bars and nightlife, but residents can take some of that home in the form of an extensive selection of local beer growler fill-ups at this Whole Foods supermarket. This store also has a Dish & Saucery outpost, squeeze-your-own orange juice station, and nut butter grinders.

32 East 1st Street East Village LES 32 East 1st Street (Sotheby's International Realty)

32 East 1st Street, #2C (Sothebys International Realty)

"Fairway market, the place where you can feel the New York spirit" - Lola G.

Despite the recent arrivals of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's (see below), Fairway remains a mainstay for Upper West Siders. They appreciate the ease of navigation, popular brands, and fresh offerings in the cheese, meat, seafood, and bakery departments.

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200 Amsterdam, #41 (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

"They almost always have everything in stock, and if they don't there is always a team member around to check in the back or help you find an alternative." - Kellianne H.

Thanks to the endless prepared food offerings, it is hard to imagine an easier way to put together a gourmet meal on a busy night in New York City. Locals love the layout, fresh produce, courteous staff, and attention to health and safety.

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The Jefferson, #4I (Elegran LLC)

"Very clean, organized and well ran location. The check out line looks super long but it moves quickly!" - Olivia S.

The Upper West Side Trader Joe's is located across the street from the 72nd Street 1/2/3 subway station for easy access all over New York, but is just an elevator ride away for residents of rental-turned-condominium 212 West 72nd Street. Local shoppers appreciate the high-quality products, offerings for vegetarians and vegans, efficient layout, and courteous staff.

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212 West 72nd Street, #12H (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

"The staff is super kind and really nice. They always have the things I need in stock and that always makes me happy" - Chelsea P.

This Trader Joe's is well positioned to attract shoppers from Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn alike. Safety protocols and a limited number of shoppers allow people to feel safe going in now; at any time, locals appreciate the airy atmosphere, exclusive offerings, well-organized layout, and efficient staff.

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The Boerum, #1101 (The Agency Brokerage)

"A true slice of suburbia but in Navy Yard" - Sarah B.

When the first Wegman's in New York City opened in October 2019, transplants got up at five a.m. to be the first shoppers and part of the celebrations. Some were skeptical as to why one would do that, but were quickly won over by the impressive prepared food offerings, grocery items and recipes, and helpful staff. Additionally, the supermarket introduced a live feed to see if there's a line outside the store.

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168 Plymouth, #PHC (Sothebys International Realty)

"Whether you live in the area or passing through, this Trader Joe's is sure to please." - Johanna B.

As Hudson Square makes the transition from industrial to residential, this Trader Joe's is well positioned for incoming residents to do their food shopping. Visitors appreciate the friendly staff, expansive layout, and extremely generous grocery offerings.

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Greenwich West, #PH29B (Corcoran Group)

"One Wall Street Whole Foods is a welcome addition to FiDi" - Dennis G.

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The Financial District has been evolving from an office neighborhood to a live-work-play destination over the past few years, and the arrival of its first Whole Foods at the beginning of 2023 seems to have sealed the deal. The 42,000-square-foot grocery store is located in the base of One Wall Street, and the office building’s original elevator doors and mailbox are on display in the store.

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One Wall Street, #1503 (Compass)

"A fancy and large Whole Foods compared to what I find on the West Coast, but hey, this is Madison Avenue!" - Beth C.

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NoMad has long been celebrated for its restaurant options, but those who wish to eat at home had to trek a little further to Kips Bay. That changed in June 2022, when the Whole Foods in the base of 63 Madison Avenue opened to the public. In addition to a specialty department aimed at celebrating artisanal producers and cheesemakers, the store offers a Za'atar Mediterranean food counter, bar area NoMad 63, and a Cafe Grumpy outpost.

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Rose Hill, #39C (CORE Group Marketing LLC)

"About time! This area has needed a Trader Joe's for a while now...Every register is occupied by staff and they are quick and efficient." - Michael S.

Until June 2021, Long Island City residents craving Mandarin Orange chicken, Everything But the Bagel-seasoned snacks, or Cinnamon Sugar Bread could either trek to Rego Park or get on the subway from Manhattan with an armload of bags. The store's decor pays tribute to the local neighborhood, and residents appreciate the store's rich selections of produce, cheese, beer, and flowers. The "Trader Joe's effect" has clearly worked on The Prime, the condos on top: The building is sold out as of this writing.

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"A brilliant addition to the community" - Ruggy L.

A key component of the Essex Crossing mega-development was the largest Trader Joe's location on the East Coast. While it has not usurped local mainstay Essex Market, locals are nevertheless excited by the seemingly endless product selection, wide aisles, and friendly staff.

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One Essex Crossing, #8C (Corcoran Group)

"Claustrophobic TJ fans need not fear shopping at TJs in Manhattan!" - Sarah K.

In the Ladies Mile Historic District, the Trader Joe's outpost has become a shopping destination for New Yorkers all over the city. The soaring ceilings and spacious layout make for a comfortable shopping atmosphere, the extensive grocery, body, and plant offerings are highly attractive, and the helpful staff are a highlight of the visit.

29 West 21st Street Iron Lofts (Compass)

Iron Lofts, #MAIS (Compass)

"Oh Trader Joe's, my favorite grocery store in the U.S., you've finally arrived on the Upper East Side!" - Old Fart M.

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Six years after the Food Emporium under the Queensboro Bridge closed, Trader Joe's opened its doors where Midtown East gives way to the Upper East Side. The Bridgemarket space's landmarked status required a few Landmarks hearings, but the grocery store ultimately prevailed to the delight of locals. The space has been described as the city's most beautiful supermarket, and shoppers enjoy an airy atmosphere and abundant light.

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200 East 59th Street, #9A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

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