Former Walgreens On Avenue U To Become Chinese Market

The short-lived Walgreens at 1721 Avenue U – which closed as a casualty of redundancy after the company bought up Duane Reade – is finally coming back to life, now as a Chinese market.

Signs went up in just the last few days showing that it will be a New York Mart, a business with another location just six blocks away at 2309 Avenue U (as well as several other locations in New York City).

That proximity, as well as the abundance of other Asian supermarkets, has got our tipster Richie a little confounded:

It’s interesting how Avenue U has turned into a breeding ground for banks, pharmacies, nail shops  and now supermarkets.
There’s already two other “supermarkets” within immediate walking distance of this new one. One on east 15 and and the other one on east 13 (I think, next to the Mexican restaurant La Villita)
This new supermarket might be part of the same franchise as the supermarket located on East 24 street.

Is Avenue U beginning to mimic Sheepshead Bay Road in its lack of business diversity? What would you rather see in that location?

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