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Queens, NY - Seasons, The Supermarket Chain That Declared Bankruptcy, Relaunching Under New Ownership

Published on: February 2, 2019 09:15 PM
By: JTA
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FILE - , Seasons in Baltimore Pikesville opened for business in 2017.FILE - , Seasons in Baltimore Pikesville opened for business in 2017.

Queens, NY - Seasons, the kosher supermarket chain that declared bankruptcy last year, has new owners and is reopening one of its closed locations.

The bankruptcy filing in September was big news because Seasons, founded in New York City’s Queens borough in 2011, had national ambitions. In addition to stores across the city, Seasons had opened a location in Maryland and was on the verge of doing so in Ohio.

But those stores were closed, along with the Seasons supermarkets on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in suburban Scarsdale, New York. At the time of the bankruptcy filing, Seasons was more than $40 million in debt. Though the debt is still being dealt with, a spokesman told JTA that management is “charging full steam ahead.”

According to a news release sent Thursday, Seasons is under the ownership of the family of businessman Joseph Bistritzky, CEO of the Maramont Corp., a food services company.

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The Scarsdale location will be one of six stores to open, but the chain wants to make sure it can succeed in and around New York City, so national ambitions are on hold. The Upper West Side Seasons also will remain closed. In addition to Scarsdale and Queens, Seasons will continue operating stores in two New Jersey locations, Clifton and Lakewood, and two others in Lawrence in the heavily Jewish Five Towns area of suburban Long Island, New York.

“Together, we have years of familiarity with kosher food manufacturing and distribution,” Bistritzky said in the news release. “We have redeveloped the operational side of many businesses, by forming and training managerial teams to have a keen understanding of community relations and family interface.”



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 Feb 02, 2019 at 09:57 PM Freinds From Crown heights Says:

The Bistritzky's knowledge .of kosher groceries goes back to when their father Reb Leibel Z'L had their store on the lower east side a pioneer of kosher distribution
Best of Luck

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 Feb 02, 2019 at 10:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Great news1

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 Feb 02, 2019 at 10:37 PM Advice Says:

I hope the new owner realizes they need to lower their prices. There's a reason people stayed away from Seasons. Besides the few sale items, everything was crazy expensive.

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 Feb 02, 2019 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

The key is cheap prices and top food or you won't get customers.

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 Feb 03, 2019 at 03:12 AM Mark Levin Says:

Article is misleading. The Baltimore store is still open as it was purchased by Meat Maven and will be renamed if that hasn't happened already.

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 Feb 03, 2019 at 09:39 AM qazxc Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

Article is misleading. The Baltimore store is still open as it was purchased by Meat Maven and will be renamed if that hasn't happened already.

Happened a couple of weeks ago.

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 Feb 03, 2019 at 07:21 PM Judith Says:

The prices were through the roof on many items . I only liked the free pasture meat there , reasonably priced .

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 Feb 03, 2019 at 08:45 PM Aron1 Says:

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Judith Says:

The prices were through the roof on many items . I only liked the free pasture meat there , reasonably priced .

How could something "free" be "reasonably priced"? It's FREE!

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 Feb 04, 2019 at 02:27 AM Aguttenshabbos Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

Article is misleading. The Baltimore store is still open as it was purchased by Meat Maven and will be renamed if that hasn't happened already.

It is now called Market Maven. Also, the picture in the article is the Baltimore store.

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