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A&P f/k/a Food Emporium Rye Brook

Has anyone noticed how much this location has gone downhill since the changeover.? The meat is no longer fresh, the dairy outdated, the shelves are bare. Where do you shop in the area?

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  1. A&P, FE, Pathmark, all same owner, all in Chapter 11, all poorly run stores. Have you tried Fairway in Stamford?

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    1. re: menton1

      Wouldn't Fairway in Pelham be closer?

    2. Drive up Westchester Ave to the big Stop and Shop and Costco in PC. Or go a bit further to Whole Foods on Putnam Ave (US-1) in Greenwich. I've found supermarkets in general to be disappointing, you're better off finding a good local bakery, butcher, fish market, etc. Some of the snooty gourmet places can pleasantly surprise you, downtown Rye has those.

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      1. re: Big_Salad

        What makes you say that gourmet shops are "snooty"? Just curious. I find oftentimes the service (and quality )at the smaller specialty shops in the area is so much better than the supermarkets. Which shops do you frequent?

        1. re: MRS

          I'd rather not promote the repulsive snobfests that have been permanently crossed off my list, nor be too harsh towards the ones having some decent offerings (and amazing bathrooms that anyone may use)*. We agree about the supermarkets though, as I said earlier.

          *Anyone is welcome to PM me or ask for my email to hear strong opinions about specific places.

      2. Our Food Emporium in Briarcliff changed to an A&P and a store that I once enjoyed shopping in has turned into a horrible place that I can't stand to be in. OK-- maybe exaggerating a bit-- but I refuse to return.

        1. It's completely gross, but it was nasty as a Food Emporium, too. Stop and Shop seems to be the way to go. If I am very short and time and need like, 3 things, I may run into D'Ag's but its not very good either and is rather expensive. I was told recently that the D'Ag's is closing and will become a Trader Joe's. I have no idea if that's true or not...I have recently started to return to the WF in White Plains. I had stopped shopping there for a while b/c it was not so convenient. I don't care for the one in Greenwich. Just me.

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            1. re: MRS

              I checked the Trader Joe's website for "stores opening soon" and the only location listed in NY is on Staten Island.

              1. re: Elisa515

                What about Fairway in Stamford? Too far?

                1. re: Elisa515

                  I was going to say that I can't imagine TJ's opening in Rye Brook, since it's not that far from their Larchmont location, but if you look at a map of their Westchester locations, that would fit pretty well with the other 3. Many people would love to see them take the D'ags location in Chappaqua, although they have continued to show no interest in anything in Westchester north of Hartsdale. And I spoke to a manager in the Danbury location recently and he confirmed this (and it's not near a major highway which he told me they looked for when picking locations). Sadly, since whenever articles are written about stores that people want in this area (Yorktown), TJ is always at the top of the list.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    I'm hoping and praying for TJ's to go into this location. The A & P across the way should be shut down by the bd. of health.

                    What a hit to Rye Ridge Mall if nothing goes in there. No wine store, no last licks, no tuxedo store--turnover lately is tremendous. Now if only Katz's would take over the deli i would move especially if TJ's went in. Luxury Condo's anyone? Maybe behind the mall somewhere...

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      If T&J wanted a location near a highway, then the already-empty A&P in Kohl's SC in Port Chester might be an option. It would be great to have them in this area. I feel sorry for all the seniors on that side of town who no longer have a supermarket nearby.

                      1. re: noracrub

                        That shopping center and its vicinity has never had much luck attracting good restaurants or food markets. Szechuan Empire II's been out for like 15 years, that vegetarian place Green Symphony got good reviews but wasn't around so long either, Ruffolo's across the street is gone (along with a Rafael Palomino seafood place that took the same spot). What's good is that the sections of Boston Post in Port Chester and Rye offering numerous choices are only a few miles away.

                        1. re: noracrub

                          Word is that Whole Foods is going into the space where the A&P used to be in Port Chester. No need to brave the parking lot in WP anymore. I'm ecstatic.

                          1. re: laylag

                            More than just word, it's officially announced for 2013. Now all you need is TJ's. Of course, it would be nice if they (TJ's) would open something in the northern part of the county, but I am sadly used to having to go to Danbury, where WF is also going.

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              I'm in Mmk so I go to TJ's in Larchmont, Fairway in Pelham and now will go to WF in Port Chester. Doesn't get much better for those of us on the Sound Shore. Hope you guys up North hit the same grocery jackpot.

                              1. re: laylag

                                I was at a TJ today and for the first time one of the managers acknowledged that they were thinking about opening a store up north. In the past they've always said there were no plans. So I am guardedly optimistic.

                    2. re: MRS

                      What went in where D'ags used to be? Obviously not TJ.

                    3. I was in D'ags today b/c i needed 3 things quickly, and noticed things/items completely empty from the shelves in some spots. There couldn't have been a run on cake mix or flour over the weekend, right? I wonder if they do know when they are closing.

                      There are definitely voids in the RR Shopping Center and the stuff coming in doesn't appear to really fill that void.

                      1. A&P took over the Food Emporium in Eastchester and that store is very well kept and well stocked. Is it possible that the Rye Brook location is one of the next slated to close?

                        I was in the Crossroads Plaza A&P a few weeks before their closing was announced, and boy was it sad.

                        That said, I find Stop and Shop in White Plains and the Eastchester A&P quite pleasant, thought I've been going to Trader Joe's a lot more these days.

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                        1. re: iluvcookies

                          Sad day's indeed in Rye Brook. By the way, what does the sign say where elevation burger was slated to go? I can't seem to catch that red-light long enough to read it...and looks like WBC is about to open any day now...

                          1. re: cubanat

                            I believe Elevation is going into the old Blockbuster. Was gonna be in Ray's but now it doesn't look like it.

                            1. re: MRS

                              I saw a sign that says Fredricks next to what maybe will be elevation. Wonder what that is...

                                1. re: mrsdebdav

                                  that's not what we want!!! why couldn't it be a vietnamese resto? or even a chinese bakery??

                        2. The a+p on central ave is run by an indian family that gives surly looks. they prefer to make you use the auto checkouts and watch you rather than man the registers themselves.

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                          1. re: ultimate warrior

                            That's rather odd, I thought all A &P's were Corporate owned...

                            1. re: menton1

                              Yes, that is odd. Maybe it's the manager and his employees.

                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                And now that A & P owns Food Emporium, PathMark, and Waldbaum's and runs them all basically the same (into the ground) they are all sharing the A & P bankruptcy, perhaps their 3rd one!

                            2. re: ultimate warrior

                              I thought I heard around the time that Shop Rite opened that the A&P on Central Ave was closing?

                              1. re: valerie

                                I think they've closed everything that they were going to (for now). Maybe you were confusing it with the Pathmark? They're the same company and it was part of the A&P store closing announcement.

                                I actually thought that the A&P on Knollwood Road was closing but apparently I was mistaken.

                              2. re: ultimate warrior

                                I disagree - the people working at the A&P on Central Avenue in Scarsdale are incredibly friendly!

                              3. you are correct!
                                i will go out of my way NOT to go into A&P or Dag anymore.
                                both stores prove time and time again that their produce is not fresh and are inconsistent with inventory.
                                honestly, i'd rather pay a little more and go to Whole Foods and make regular trips to Trader Joes.
                                but for me, at least i can do this ---- it's horrible that our neighboring residents (esp seniors and people living on a fixed income) are forced to endure such horrible shops and still be forced to pay premium Rye/RyeBrook prices. Trust me: whe you do the math, Whole Foods isn't really all that much more $$$ - sometimes at par or even cheaper. Know your products and know your pricing. It's just the travel time to Greenwich that some people aren't able to do/accommodate.
                                But if you can....do it!
                                If you can *choose* to drive a HUGE suv, then you've made that choice to pay for your HUGE gas bills and emissions ---- think about it then....it is worth spending for nutrition?