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Aug 26, 2008 05:29 AM

What's With Jefferson Market?

I stopped in yesterday for the first time in several weeks and I was shocked to see the empty shelves and the very few customers. Hardly any cheeses in the cheese bins, only a few items on the hot dog and bacon shelves. There were only a few customers and the place had the feel of a store in the process of closing down. That would be a shame...

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  1. I noticed the same thing last week and asked--was told that lots of people were "on vacation." Oh oh.

    1. This has actually been going on for several months now, but it becomes more noticeable as more time passes and the shelves become emptier and emptier. The employees make various excuses, but something is definitely going on, and it is not good. It looks like they can't pay their suppliers so the merchandise is not being delivered. I'll be sorry to see them go.

      1. They had a malfunction with the refrigeration on the cheese display. It happened for the third or so time, so there's a level of frustration felt by the manager, but they're doing fine. They still have a healthy cross-section of old patrons, (like myself), who will do anything not to go to the posher alternatives. It's an old model, but a working one for the moment. The deli still does a decent business, as does the butcher. At least the local firemen won't buy their steaks anywhere else!

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        1. re: sing me a bar

          That is good to hear, but it was more than the cheese display. I stopped into get some Niman Ranch bacon, but there was not only no Niman Ranch bacon, three of the four shelves that usually have bacon, hot dogs and the like were bare, and the one shelf that had items only had a few. There were far fewer selections in the prepared food cases, and there were very few customers (in contrast to Citarella's, which was bustling).

          I very much hope they can survive and prosper, but it seemed yesterday like they are winding down.

          1. re: sing me a bar

            I wish I could believe it is only a malfunction, but it's also the shelves of basic grocery items and condiments, etc. that are not being restocked.

            1. re: rrems

              We order from them where I work and they have been buying our groceries elsewhere and delivering them to us.....that doesn't sound like a refrigeration problem to me

          2. I was in there today, after not having been there for most of the summer. I, too, was alarmed at how bare the shelves were, and how depressing it felt in there. I certainly did get the impression that it is on its last legs.
            I have been patronizing Jefferson since the days when it was across 6th Avenue, and had not yet even expanded in that space. I will be crushed if it closes.

            1. Yes, stopped in today and I nearly cried. The checkout girls know nothing. The store is half empty. I was hoping it's going to be renovated (needs it), but they'd say something. This is just awful.