ASTORIA — The C-Town supermarket at Broadway and 29th Street will close to make way for a new apartment building, but will reopen as a "brand new store that will be one of the best stores in all of Queens," according to the owner and a sign notifying customers.
The property owner is planning to build a five-story development there with 64 apartments, retail on the ground floor and 32 parking spaces in the basement, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings.
Staff at the store and the company that owns the building, H&L Broadway Holding LLC, would not give a definitive date for when it would close, but posters around the store on Wednesday said the shop has already begun to downsize its inventory.
Other signs around the store thanked customers for their patronage for the last 30 years, promising that the market would be back after the construction but that management could not provide a timeline.
"We are in the process of developing the property but we will be back with a brand new store that will be one of the best stores in all of Queens," the sign read. "We don't know the exact timing but will keep you informed as we finalize our plans."
Shoppers at the busy grocery store told DNAinfo previously that they were disappointed by the store's impending closure, praising the market for its convenient location, parking lot and friendly staff. The next closest grocery store is a Trade Fair on Broadway and Crescent Street.
"I come here all the time," said one customer Wednesday, who identified herself as Terry and added she had been shopping at the C-Town for decades. "I'm going to miss them."