Sunday, June 10, 2012
Shiny new supermarket for Far Rockaway
From the Daily News:
For the first time in decades, a new store is opening at the barren Far Rockaway Shopping Center.
Food Dynasty is replacing the smaller Associated supermarket that had anchored the ailing strip mall. And local officials are hoping the large, bright store will pave the way for new tenants and big improvements.
The $2 million-plus renovation included a virtual gutting of the store, expansion into a former storage area, new roof, floors and refrigeration system.
Rita Stark, the owner of the shopping center, said she is in negotiations to rent out other storefronts that have been shuttered for years.
Stark is a controversial figure who has baffled real estate experts and civic leaders by allowing many of her properties to remain vacant over the years.
The Far Rockaway Shopping Center was once filled with home improvement stores, restaurants, a laundromat and other businesses. It is now empty except for a dry cleaner, a drug store and the supermarket.
After repeated complaints from Community Board 14 and elected officials that the site was deteriorating, Stark agreed to clean up the shopping center, which had filled with abandoned cars.