Southern Brooklyn

Sheepshead Bay Rd’s Global Wholesale Market To Close


Global Wholesale Market at 1414 Sheepshead Bay Road is closing down, numerous readers tell Sheepshead Bites, and, currently, only the fruit-and-vegetable portion of the store is still open.

Global Wholesale Market has occupied the space for more than a decade, serving as a small supermarket for Eastern European meats, cheeses, baked goods and canned and bottled imports, alongside fresh produce.

But about a week or two ago, we’re told, they locked up the interior portion of the structure, leaving only the semi-enclosed produce area.

We stopped by today and an employee confirmed they are closing for good. The interior, it seems, is being gutted, and only a few items remain in the produce section. They will likely close by the end of the month.

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  1. word on the street is that Brighton Bazaar will be occupying the space soon. and by word on the street, i mean the russian senior citizens that live in my building. (they real gangsta)

  2. The real sory needs to be about HWY so many stores on Sheepshead Bay Road are closing—Could it be greedy landlords charging too much rent?

  3. How much of that is greed and how much of it is trying to keep up with the actual costs of running/owning a building/business in NYC. 

  4. While rents are indeed high I don’t think this is the cause for failure.  Landlords have every incentive to make sure that businesses that rent from them can operate profitably, otherwise what ends up happening is that tenants stop paying rent, it takes months to kick them out and then many more months to find new tenants.  The real cause is that many businesses have difficulty catering to the diverse demographic of our neighborhood.  In addition the service in most of the local businesses suck.  Say what you will about the hipsters from other areas but at least in their businesses they know how to move their lips far apart to smile.

  5. Bring back the  Colosseum  SH needs this club back. 

    FYI word is Brighton Bazaar owner has bought in full the International location on Brighton Beach and this location, working on creating a monopoly of supermarkets.

  6. never been there, but i pass by every day and can tell it is a signature for this neighborhood. Sad to see another legend go

  7. I have been running around Brooklyn for work and it is sooo sad…I am on ave. n close to flatbush and I am not bullshittin when I say 80% of business is shuttered.I left to go pick up a worker on 86th st….does anyone remember 86th in the 80s and early 90s,the shopping,the girls,the hot cars….shuttered,everything closed,sooo sad.Ave U,whatever isn’t asian owned up to say Bedford,30% closed.Sheepshead Bay rd ,you drop off laundry on Monday,pick it up Tuesday and 3 stores changed names or closed….what do we do?????What do you think Brooklyn will look like in 5 years?Like Detroit….I opened a store on SBR and lasted a big 13 months and closed because small business is a done deal…I traded my nice suit for ripped jeans and have been busting my ass as a contractor and am just blown away as I travel around brooklyn…WHAT THE FUCK DO WE DO?

  8. We have a saying in Russia, “a fish rots from the head.” Now I wouldn’t blame it all on our current president, however he does set a very anti-business mood and until he goes things aren’t going to get better.  In all fairness however we can’t blame it all on Obama, the shuttered business phenomena has been here before he got into office.  

    However, you also have to realize that while some neighborhoods experience a decline others are on an upswing.  Williamsburgh was a poor area up until around 10 years ago, now it’s one of the priciest areas in the borough.  Same with Crown Heights and even Bed Sty is looking very happening.  Ditmas Park was completely unknown, now Ditmas Park is morphing into Park Slope.  I guess demographics change and neighborhoods change with them. My final point is that business owners in areas like 86th street, Sheepshead Bay and Ave U need to evolve and cater to the demands of the public and not get stuck in a 1980s world.

  9. While landlords have to find new tenants every time an old one goes out of business, they can get a tax break for that empty real estate space, so they may not have a huge incentive to keep that space filled. 

  10. It wasn’t the best store (poor lighting, surly cashiers, a lack of variety, terrible produce), but it fills a need, we need a general grocery store right by the train. We certainly need it more than a second frozen yogurt place. 


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