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Foodcellar to open a second location

A new LIC apartment building will house the gourmet supermarket

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 8:31 pm, Wed Aug 14, 2013.

Foodcellar & Co. Market will open a second location in the Court Square section of Long Island City next summer.

Rockrose Development chose the gourmet grocery store for the 42-story building, Linc LIC, located at 43-10 Crescent Street, located thirteen blocks away from its current location in Hunter’s Point at 4-85 47 Road.

It was reported that Rockrose president Justin Elghanayan wanted an upscale supermarket added to the neighborhood so that people in the area can have more available places to eat.

Anil Premlall works in the area and said the neighborhood could use a supermarket. He added that a high-end one would cater to the current movement of eating healthier.

“There isn’t a place to eat that’s walkable from here if I wanted something for lunch, so I would go there if I wanted to grab something to eat,” he said.

The up-and-coming neighborhood is expected to experience a large housing increase, but it still lacks businesses to cater to basic needs.

One woman who works in the building next to Linc LIC said the supermarket is necessary in the area, but added that the neighborhood is also in need of a pharmacy.

Foodcellar’s website boasts that it supports local business and supplies organic and natural products. The market will also include a sit-down cafÈ as well as a hot buffet bar.

Another woman who works in the area was concerned about the prices of the new market, adding that the prices in Long Island City are as expensive as those in Manhattan. However, the apartment building that will house the market is a luxury rental building surrounded by offices buildings, and so the expensive prices may not be a problem for its clients.

Sunnyside resident Margarita Katz said, “It would be nice if they put a Trader Joe’s there instead — something a lot more affordable. But maybe for people who rent apartments around here, the prices would be fine.”

Robert Carreno echoed this statement and said, “This area has recently become a lot better, and clients here would probably be able to afford the food.”

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