Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
Posted by HCResident on 2018/5/30 17:25:32
we are in P&K every other day. they're our go-to grocer. we will really feel their absence if they close.
Ugh, that would be super depressing. This is going to be one of those neighborhoods where regular stores that sell normal things that people need won't be able to exist. Food desert here we come!
La Conga is 1.5 blocks away from P&K.
Key Foods is 2.5 blocks away from P&K.
"Food desert?" Not so much.
This. So much drama... And, for the non stuck up crowd, there are two GIGANTIC food stores (ShopRite and BJs) not even 10 minutes away by foot. A downtowner crying about DTJC becoming a food desert is deliciously ridiculous.
Why care about any business for that matter? The reasons are that people get into their own routines and it's sad to see local business leave. When that happens neighborhoods lose some character. It's not always about finding their products elsewhere. Otherwise all stores could close and we could just shop at Walmart
Talk about strawman arguments...! Nobody is denying there is inherent value in small, "mom and pop" shops, or the concept of "shop local". But, it is utterly pathetic for someone (anyone!) to even try and claim that DTJC is at risk of becoming a food desert because P&K may close in the future. We are mocking THAT assertion.
For the record, a food desert is defined as living more than one mile from a supermarket in urban or suburban areas, and more than 10 miles from a supermarket in rural areas. If you draw a one mile radius circle with DTJC at its center, you will find a ton of supermarket and food stores within that circle, including 99 Ranch, ShopRite, and Key Foods, and multiple smaller shops where to pick up produce, fish, meat, etc.
And I have it based on a very reliable source, that Whole Foods is very close to finalizing a lease with Mack Cali for the first and second levels in the building where Five Guys is currently. I realize that’s not breaking news, but I’ve been told it’s more than just rumor.
Downtown is not hurting, when it comes to food options. Plus...it seems P&K was moving before the expansion even happened.
First. world. drama.
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