From the Daily News:
Fresh Direct’s government-subsidized move to the Bronx could spell the end to one Queens businessman’s American dream.
Gus Kaloudis, 36, poured his life savings into the New York Deli in Long Island City when he bought it three years ago. The busy eatery seemed like it would be a dependable cash cow since it was the only nearby lunch joint for Fresh Direct and other workers in the industrial area.
But when news hit that the online grocer would pack up and move to the Bronx in 2015, Kaloudis, a father of three, knew his livelihood was in jeopardy.
“How would you feel if 50% of your customer base disappeared,” he said in between ringing up customers at his Borden Ave. deli.
“I haven’t been able to catch my breath.”
He doesn’t know how he will stay afloat without Fresh Direct drivers, corporate staffers and vendors stopping by his store every day for their morning newspaper or a pack of cigarettes.