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Met Fresh Kensington supermarket opens in long-vacant building

June 4, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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KENSINGTON — RESIDENTS OF KENSINGTON HAVE A NEW minority-and-women-owned supermarket providing the community with fresh and healthy foods, thanks to tax benefits through the New York City Industrial Development Agency’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program. The New York City New York City Economic Development Corporation announced the opening of the Met Fresh Kensington, a 7,043-square-foot supermarket at 302 Church Avenue. The building near East 3rd St., which had been long vacant, was renovated as part of the program. The NYCIDA FRESH program aims to bring healthy, fresh, and diverse food options to communities by lowering the costs of owning, leasing, developing, and renovating supermarket retail space. Since the program’s launch in 2009, 28 projects have been approved for FRESH tax incentives across the five boroughs, 22 of which have completed construction and are open to the public, and more are currently under construction. These supermarkets represent over one million square feet of new or renovated space, creating over 1,500 new jobs, retaining more than 600 jobs, and an investment of $200 million into New York City’s economy.

The NYCEDC’s President & CEO Andrew Kimball said, “The opening of Kensington’s Met Fresh supermarket in this long-vacant building demonstrates the FRESH program’s ongoing success in identifying and supporting supermarkets in key neighborhoods.”

“As a minority and woman small business owner, I am very grateful to NYCIDA and the FRESH program for their support and help with the opening of the Met Fresh supermarket that will allow us to serve the Kensington community in Brooklyn,” said Jeneen Hamdam, owner of Met Fresh Supermarket.

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