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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:30 am

The job of making over the old Walbaum’s supermarket in the Lindenwood shopping center took about two years.

“But it felt like a lifetime,” said Frank Almonte, owner of the new Food Emporium, an off-shoot of Key Food, that officially opened in the same space last Friday.

Construction work that turned the market into a contemporary, gourmet market — with an open-plan produce department, on-site bakery and store-within-a-store deli — all took place while the market was open for business.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community,” said Almonte.

It all came together on opening day when scores of people stopped to watch the ribbon cutting attended by the neighborhood’s three top elected officials — state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Councilman Eric Ulrich.

Almonte, above center in sunlasses, greeted customers with Councilman Eric Ulrich at the opening.

Chief baker Frank Cardinalli, top center, posed for pictures with assistants Gabriella Gambino, left, and Jennifer Lopez.

Key Food took over the site in 2015 following the bankruptcy of Waldbaum’s.

— Michael Shain

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