On November 22nd, the new Mrs. Greens supermarket opened on Central Avenue in Hartsdale where Turco’s used to be. This is right next door to H-Mart that opened just over a year ago!
When H-Mart opened as the first large Asian-American grocery store in lower Westchester, the rush was on. It originally had primarily a great assortment of Korean, Japanese, Chinese cuisine and products including many pre-made items you could take out. It had and still has a large fresh fish market as well as a food court with asian specialties. It had and still has a huge produce department which includes many items you do not find in your Shoprite or A&P down the road, including a larger variety of mushrooms, and root vegetables. It had a limited product line of the usual american product lines, paper goods, cereals, and the like.
Then I noticed over the last several months, they were adding more of the “norm”, even including a Boars Head deli counter tucked away in the front right corner of the store. Also had more baking goods, spices and the like so that you could have a “one stop shopping” experience. Now I know why they expanded! Mrs. Greens decided to open one of their mega Mrs. Greens stores right next door! Now, Mrs. Greens, when it expanded beyond its vitamin stores, pitches more organic produce and food products from maple syrup to their chips. To me, this just gives a reason for them to charge more for their items. As I walked in and the smell of vitamins hit me, I had to focus on the reason I was visiting the store. To find out what they may have that H-Mart, Shop-Rite, or A&P may not have! The only thing they have is maybe an interesting appetizing department, but other than that their meat/fish department is really minimal and lacking, and their produce department has a lot of apples and potatoes, but only a few raspberrys and blackberries for cereal and expensive to boot.
I guess that there wasn’t a big profit margin in just having a vitamin/appetizer store for the small Mrs. Greens Food and Vitamin mart down Central in Scarsdale. BUT, not sure how it will compete against H-Mart and the other large supermarkets down Central Avenue. Guess time will tell!I went in twice, and both time pretty empty. Organic may attract, but without anything different to offer and higher prices, not worth the trip. Personally, besides going to H-Mart when I’m in Hartsdale for produce, I like less walking and quicker shopping and check out. So, living halfway between Hartsdale and Ardsley, I much rather hop in my car, pull into DeCicco’s of Ardsley, return my recycled bottles outside, quickly get to appetizing, fruit, vegetables on right, walk right past the cheese section, around to my eggs and juice and end with great choice of fish, meat and chicken and be out in 15 minutes! The service and check out is easy and management is always aware when a new counter needs to be open to avoid a wait at check-out. Will be watching to see how the parking lots fair between H-Mart and Mrs. Greens over the next few months!
Author:Thomas Ricapito Phone: 914-804-3048 Dated: December 8th 2013 Views: 33,589 About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...
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