‘Mulberry Market’ Might Open Next Month in Little Italy

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 at 5:06 am by

Photo: Essie

While attention has been hyper-focused on the drama of McNally Jackson Books and its fate on Prince Street (staying put, as reported), it’s appropriate to revisit the adjacent grocery store space around the corner at 251 Mulberry. Interior fit-out of the upscale Mulberry Market is still ongoing.

Yet, an opening date is nigh.

Sleuthing reveals the proprietor as one Abraham Hamdan, currently operating a C-Town in Bay Ridge. According to his LinkedIn profile, the establishment should open “by February 2019.”

The arrival of Mulberry Market follows exactly two years after the demise of its predecessor at this address. You’ll recall that MET Food wasn’t able to negotiate a favorable lease to stay, and folded shop back in January 2017. Thus concluding three decades of supermarket service in Little Italy.

Brothers Paul and Santos – who started out stocking shelves in a Spring Street grocery in the late 1970s – opened the Little Italy MET location way back in 1991.

Mulberry Market, presumably with deeper pockets, signed a $750,000 annual lease on the full 10,000 square-feet (split equally between ground and basement) earlier this year. The artisanal supermarket will reportedly sell prepared foods, organic selections, artisanal beer, wine and coffee.

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