From consistently moldy food to a reported freon leak and large holes in the floor, the two Waldbaum’s serving the Howard Beach and Lindenwood communities are a disappointment at best and a health hazard at worst, residents fed up with the chain that has a monopoly in the two neighborhoods said this week.
“They really have us held hostage here,” said Lorraine Caraccio, of Howard Beach. “Do we have other supermarkets? Yes. But are they really convenient to get to? They’re not our local supermarkets.”
For years, residents said they have dealt with a litany of problems plaguing the two stores, including high prices and poor quality food, ranging from moldy meat to expired goods.
“In my opinion, it’s one of the worst stores in the world – it’s dirty; things are rotten,” Caraccio said. “You’ll move a piece of produce and little flies will come out.”
While residents have long complained about the conditions at the stores, they said nothing has gotten better – despite seeking help from Waldbaum’s corporate offices. Waldbaum’s did not return a request for comment for this article.