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When J. Crew announced its first Brooklyn outpost earlier this summer, it was revealed that their debut address in the borough would be at the site of longtime grocer Pacific Green. Locals quickly started a Change.org petition requesting the megaretailer to rethink their location—and leave their veggies be. Additionally, the grocery's owner began the process of suing his landlord, as he had signed a 15-year lease in 2000.
Now, perhaps an end to the drama: fellow Court Street food shop Mastellone's Italian Deli will close tomorrow, and Pacific Green will move in, eight blocks south of its current location. Of his closure, owner Vincent Mastellone said, "The guy over on Pacific was losing his lease, so now he's going to move over here. Life keeps turning. A few people are going to miss us, yes, but what can you do? That's life. Things change and this guy needed a new place."
· Mastellone's Italian Deli Closing, Gives Space to Pacific Green Gourmet [Patch]
· Cobble Hill Grocer Taking Landlord To Court Over J. Crew [Racked NY]
· J. Crew Confirmed For Cobble Hill [Racked NY]
· Surprise! Brooklyn's First J.Crew Won't Be in Williamsburg [Racked NY]