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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Breaking News: Foodtown to Reopen Bigger; Groceries to be Offered in Meantime at Pricebusters and On-Line

I just spoke to Dan Katz, whose family owns the newly renovated Foodtown on E. 204th St. that was just destroyed by yesterday's fire. The Katz's announced that they will rebuild an even larger store on the same site in 2010 and also provide groceries at Pricebusters, another store they own on E. 204th St. between Hull and Decatur avenues. They also said that shoppers could order on-line at www.foodtown.com or call a hotline to have their food delivered right to their door. They can also choose to pick up their groceries at Pricebusters.  The delivery cost will be $3 or free with a $50 purchase.

"Everyone should know that we are committed to serving the residents and we will rebuild and even bigger and better store that what was there," said Noah Katz, Dan's brother, in a press release. "We have a long term lease on the site and we have already hired architects and engineers to begin the process of building a brand new store."

Dan Katz told me that  they have an agreement with the landlord to lease the two other properties claimed by the fire -- the American Diner and the dental office -- in order to expand their business. (We spoke to the owner of Amiercan Diner earlier. Still in shock, he said he had no idea at this time what his plans are.) Katz said they were going to try to assist the dental office in relocating.

Pricebusters "will carry more grocery variety beginning in the next several weeks."  (The Pricebusters site had been a grocery store many years ago.)

Those with questions about ordering groceries on the Internet should call 914-667-3346 or 718-652-4753.

In the meantime, shoppers can immediately order food on-line at www.foodtown.com, and have them delivered or picked up at Pricebusters.

The Katz family, which owns 11 other Foodtown stores has operated the store on East 204th Street, first called MetFood, since Dan's grandfather, Paul, opened it in 1956. Their father, Sydney, joined Paul in 1962. Noah and Dan joned the company in the 1980s.

The workers have been transferred to the other Foodtown stores. "Without our staf, we would not be here in the first place," Noah Katz said.


  1. Thanks to the Bronx News Network for keeping the community updated on efforts to restore much needed daily services. I am amazed that Foodtown has the capacity to respond so quickly to the clear need of less mobile neighborhood residents to obtain groceries nearby. This kind of quick response helps lift me up from the devestating news of yesterday's fire.

    I think we still need to press FDNY to speed along investigations on this and the Halloween fire and to share that information with the community. I also think it's worth considering how we can educate businesses in the district about fire safety in old commercial buildings and how oversight agencies (Dept. of Buildings, FDNY) can target old buildings in Norwood to make sure they are up to code.

  2. This is encouraging news amidst the tragedy of this most recent fire. The Katz family should be praised for being so dedicated to the community.

  3. Wait a minute... Foodtown is expanding? They already spoke with the landlord of the American Diner and the dental office to take over those areas to expand?!?! I will continue to mourn the American Diner and I hope the diner finds a home on 204th.

  4. yes please let's support the American Diner and hope that that business finds a home soon. This is loss is gravely felt.

  5. Thank goodness there are attempts being make to help the elderly out. It is good to see and hear amidst a real life tradegy


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