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Gourmet grocery store Jefferson Market was a beloved West Village landmark until 2008, when the owners—a family who'd been running the business for over 40 years—were forced to close for "restructuring." Gristedes made an attempt to re-open the store in 2009, but that failed in 2011, and the space has sat empty ever since, despite occupying a prime Sixth Avenue location just down the block from other New York institutions like Citarella and C.O. Bigelow.
Now, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York reports that there's finally a tenant—and it's a Halloween pop-up shop. So the neigborhood's lost an independent local grocery, but gained a temporary place to pick up a quick and easy Batman costume. Somehow, that doesn't quite feel like a fair trade.
· All Jefferson Market coverage [Racked NY]
· Jefferson Market Spooked [VNY]
· This Year's Top Costumes: Hunger Games, Gangnam Style [Racked NY]