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Best Cellars Opens New Store Directly Above Food Emporium Supermarket In New York

November 16, 2012

This coming Monday, wine and spirits retailer Best Cellars will open a new location directly above a Food Emporium supermarket on Third Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets in Manhattan. Food Emporium and Best Cellars are both owned by Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P).

While A&P said “there is no connection to the grocery store,” the new Best Cellars will be located at street level directly above the Food Emporium, which is in the basement. A&P said Best Cellars will operate independently, in line with New York State laws prohibiting grocery stores from selling wine.

The store will be the only Best Cellars location in New York, A&P said, in keeping with state laws allowing one unit per licensee. A&P operates 17 other liquor stores throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

Best Cellars was purchased by Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. in 2007. In addition to Food Emporium, A&P owns and operates A&P, Pathmark, Waldbaums, Super Fresh and Food Basics.


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