The Pathmark on Harlem’s 125th street is closing by this Saturday. The store which opened with much fanfare in 1997 has little left on its shelves at this point. It is unknown whether the closure is a result of Extell’s purchase of the site for $39 million or the bankruptcy of the Pathmark’s parent company-A&P. Representatives of the former owner and the new owner have said it was not a result of the sale however.
This closure though leaves many residents with no supermarket to do their shopping. It was estimated the store served 30,000 customers per week. A new Whole Foods is opening up late next year or early 2017 but that will a long walk for residents of East Harlem and the prices may not be affordable for many in the area.