Food Cellar & Co. Market opened Wednesday on the ground floor of a posh residential building on Center Blvd. - near the Pepsi-Cola sign along the East River.
"It's a nice store with high quality products - but you pay for it," Brenda Pech, 30, said while perusing produce with her 4-month-old daughter, Sophia.
She said she normally takes the subway to Whole Foods in Union Square - not exactly a picnic with Sophia in a stroller. "The prices at Whole Foods are more affordable," Pech said, noting the store is "definitely tailored" toward yuppie residents of the high-rise towers dotting Queens West, a state-run redevelopment project.
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Food Cellar is co-owned by Erhan Bahcecr, who is president of Amish Market, which has four stores in New York City. Bahcecr and his business partner, Metin Mangut, bristled at the notion the store is "high-end." They said they are a local company that sells local produce and ensures everything is all-natural.
Food Cellar's debut was marred by picketing from Local 1500 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Organizer John Mallen said Amish Market has been investigated by the state and federal government for unfair labor practices.
Bahcecr said Food Cellar is independent of Amish Market and added: "We learned our lesson."
Amish Market: Here's yet another example of a business that labor organizers are unhappy with, but did not meet any resistance by city pols. Not only that, but it's located in a "state-run redevelopment project." Yet Walmart has been locked out of private developments in the Big Apple for years by pols using the anti-union excuse. Why is that?