The Associated Marketplace, a supermarket at 153-30 89 Ave., just opened on April 4, and there are still “grand opening” banners hanging along the exterior. But one area resident noticed something that was less than welcoming — piles of dead flies along the windowsill.
“That’s disgusting,” said Amy Anderson, who lives nearby on Parsons Boulevard. “I would never shop there.”
The manager of the store, Rody Sarita, said Friday that he didn’t know how the flies got wedged on the windowsill between the glass exterior of the store and the back of the internal pharmacy structure, but he said, it made them hard to reach and therefore hard to remove.
“We have a problem,” Sarita said. “Everything went inside and now we have to take it out and clean it up.”
But the flies were also located in other spots along the sill where there was no barrier to impede their removal. To that, Sarita said he would have a staffer address the issue. “This one we will clean it out, no problem,” he said. “We know we have to clean the other one out too.”
Sarita was also quick to point out a passing inspection notice by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, dated the day the store opened, which stated that the market is “in substantial compliance in that no critical deficiencies were observed.”
Geoff Palmer, a spokesman for the DAM, said Tuesday that the agency would send an inspector back out to the site soon to check on the cleanliness of conditions there.
Ira Gober, the president of Associated Supermarkets, said Tuesday that the store is “beautiful, clean and well-managed,” and didn’t understand what the problem was.
“I have lived in this neighborhood my whole life,” Anderson said, “and I have never seen a supermarket with flies like this.”