Several EVG readers have shared the news that East Village Fruit and Vegetable is closing at the end of the month here on Avenue B between 13th Street and 14th Street.
The lease is up, and the owners can't make the increase in rent work. According to a longtime patron, the store owners also said that they don't think they can compete with the new Target, which features a large grocery selection, on 14th Street at Avenue A.
An EVG reader had this to say about East Village Fruit and Vegetable:
It's the kind of place where you could leave keys for a friend to pick up, catch a glimpse of Deborah Harry buying fruit [when recording at Mercy Sound Studios on 14th Street] or pick up milk on the way home from a night out. Friends and I wonder how long that single-level structure is likely to exist, given the income potential of building up.
For now, the store is having a 50-percent off sale on selected items.