Cortelyou Market By Key Food Kicks Off Grand Opening Festivities This Friday, February 27

Cortelyou Market by Key Food exterior grand opening sign

For more than two decades, the owner of the newly named and renovated Cortelyou Market by Key Food has watched the world of Cortelyou Road evolve – witnessing its ups and downs, getting to know its neighbors, watching its kids grow from tiny toddlers to full-fledged adults.

Now, Khalid Doleh, better known as “Tony” to his customers, and his brother-in-law, Chuck, who co-owns the market with him, are getting ready to celebrate their own round of changes and will hold their grand opening festivities this Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28 at the store, located at 1610 Cortelyou Road.

Cortelyou Market owner Tony Doleh
Cortelyou Market owner Tony Doleh

Kicking off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30am on Friday, the two days of events mark the culmination of the shop’s nearly $1 million in renovations, which just wrapped up this week and increased the size of the store by about one-third – allowing the site that was previously Met Foods to offer an expanded organic produce and dairy section, as well as other specialty products.

Cortelyou Market apples and produce room

Cortelyou Market tomatoes and avocados

And while the grand opening is, of course, about the shop itself, which has been in the neighborhood for the past 50 years and has been run by Tony and his family for the past 21 years, it’s also about celebrating Cortelyou, the owner said.

“I’m a big fan of Ditmas Park – and Cortelyou Road mainly,” Tony said to us Saturday afternoon, as his shop filled with customers shaking snow from bulky winter coats. “I could have called this Brooklyn Market, or Ditmas Park Market, but I called it Cortelyou Market. I love Cortelyou Road.”

Cortelyou Market cheese section

Cortelyou Market cheese

All neighbors are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, which will include local elected officials, as well as the other grand opening activities, which will run from 12-4pm both Friday and Saturday. There will be a range of entertainment, including a magician, stilt walker, and a popcorn cart. Plus, there will be free gifts, grand opening specials, and more.

“We’re very excited,” Tony said about the grand opening. “This is what the neighborhood wanted. It became very tight in the store; customers weren’t comfortable walking around.”

Cortelyou Market dairy section

Cortelyou Market organic eggs

Cortelyou Market beans

Now, with the expansion, the produce and dairy sections were able to significantly grow, with Tony pointing out that they get some of their produce from local farms, as well as from rooftop gardens.

“What I feed my kids – that’s what I want to give to my customers,” Tony said.

Cortelyou Market looking towards front of store

As for the name change, Tony said he wanted to be able to access the kind of price deals that Key Food offers, but with his own spin.

“I wanted to differentiate myself from a regular Key Food,” he said. “I didn’t just want to be a normal Key Food.”

Cortelyou Market vegetables

Cortelyou Market radishes

With Tony’s grand opening, as well as the soon-to-be debut of a new restaurant from Café Madeline’s owner that is located next to the Cortelyou Market, Tony said a portion of Cortelyou that he feels some can overlook is growing by leaps and bounds.

“We’re going to make this the best part of Cortelyou,” Tony smiled.

For more information about the Cortelyou Market and the grand opening festivities, you can visit its Facebook page here.

Cortelyou Market exterior

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Anna Gustafson

Editor of Ditmas Park Corner


  1. I really like the new layout and the selection of products seems to already have a bit more variety. I think I will be shopping here more often.

  2. It’s already far different than a “regular” Key Food: it’s spotless, well stocked, great variety and it doesn’t have that smell of dried fish mixed with insecticide. While other neighborhoods have seen their Key Foods close up (e.g. Windsor Terrace, Clinton Hill) we are very lucky.

  3. Cortelyou Market has become my favorite place to shop for food. The staff is super nice. Looking forward to the Grand Opening on Friday.

  4. The new selection is awesome!!! The produce section and the cheese section = happy customer. Plus it’s open till 10 pm. Yay. If this is what gentrification creates, KEEP IT COMING.

  5. Sorry to rain on this lovefest but for two decades he ran a typical slum supermarket that reeked when you walked in the door. As housing prices soared and people wanted better meats, better produce, lots of healthier alternative he did nothing, nada–until the Flatbush Co-op started taking a bite out of his business and people with million and a half dollar houses started heading to the Co-op or to Whole Foods for everything. NOW he decides to eliminate the stink and stock products people have wanted for a decade–and Ditmas Park Corner crowns him the new king. I’ll shop there, I imagine, because the co-op doesn’t carry Land o’ Lakes or non-disgusting pasta, but I’ll grit my teeth.

  6. The Key Food in Windsor Terrace didn’t stink of dried fish and insecticide. It was an old-fashioned, Prospect Park Southwest-sort of supermarket, not much different from its predecessor in the 1950s and 1960s, Bohacks, which used to give out King Korn stamps when you spent over $15.00, a lot of money in those days. Fifteen bucks was a big Saturday shopping for the week.

    It closed because an idiot made a decision. Now you have a super-drugstore in a neighborhood that already has several small good ones.

    The Key Food on Ninth Street also has its own name. How I long simply for a well-stocked, clean place that hands out King Korn stamps — and for a big shopping that totals $15.00, which includes a rawhide chew for the dog.

  7. Do all Key Foods have tip jars for grocery baggers like Courtelyou Market? I I feel like I tip for everything these days and can’t really financially keep up with it (and unlike tipping when eating out, I have to go grocery shopping). I hope the new renovations bring in money so he can pay his staff a better wage so they don’t have to put out a tip jar. (I don’t begrudge the workers for this at all)

  8. So, errr… I went there to pick up a few things about a month back (before the “official” grand opening so maybe that affects what I’m about to say). I went in to buy some yogurt and it was either way expensive (something like $8 for a 32 oz. container of Greek yogurt…) or way expired, just sitting on the shelves. We also bought some produce that was labeled with one of those hand-written signs but when we checked out, discovered that the price didn’t coordinate with what was written there.

  9. I’ve noticed slow and steady improvements during my 5 years in the neighborhood. Clearly, more money in the neighborhood has influenced what they stock. I’m happy that they have more floor space and greater variety.

    Does anyone else find it hard to believe that the Flatbush Co-op inspired these changes? Frankly, the Co-op is ridiculously overpriced and I only buy specialty products there anyway.

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