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Reminder: 'Green Beans Not Walgreens' Community Meeting Tonight

The community group will gather again for updates on the battle to bring fresh food back to Windsor Terrace.

Now that you've cast your vote in favor of seeing the former Key Food site turned into a Hooters/Italian consulate/drug rehab center, consider attending the next community meeting of Green Beans not Walgreens tonight at 7 p.m.

The group, dedicated to demanding a grocery store—or, at the very least, a robust grocery selection—from the future tenants at 589 Prospect Ave., will update residents on the latest news from the front lines.

Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Assemblyman Jim Brennan and Councilman Brad Lander have all been invited to attend. 

An invitation has also been extended to Walgreens execs. 

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Shepherd's Hall at Holy Name Church at 241 Prospect Park West. 

BRADY October 02, 2012 at 03:06 AM
what exactly are ''greens'' and why would a drugstore chain carry them? should'nt a grocery store or a supermarket chain have taken over this location ? why did'nt one of these companies take over ? there are plenty of them in the area, where are they ?why are they staying away from this neighborhood, with all this protesting going on i would think they would be lining up to lease this property ,according to the neighborhood protesters this a huge money making proposition for one of the many supermarket chains that are in bklyn, why aren't they taken to task for leaving this neighborhood without a local food source why did'nt the landowner make sure the area was taken care of after being in this, and taking the money from this neighborhood for over 30 years,unless he and his family never cared and looked at the area as a cash cow and the first chance he and his family had sold to the highest bidder and walked away
Jason Puckett October 02, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Capitalism includes the right to free speech, too. The fact that Walgreens' market research team didn't take into account local residents' demand for fresh produce from one of the community's only large commercial spaces leaves the company vulnerable to protests and boycotts. You may not like what they have to say, but Greenbeans Not Walgreens is still a legitimate actor in your capitalist free market.
Andrew October 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Jason: I'm the last one calling for a restriction of free speech. The First is my favorite of all amendments. But a few dozen signs and stickers won't drown out the clang of a cash register opening and closing.
Jason Puckett October 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Well, you're right that often money trumps speech -- so I think because of that imbalance it's worth it for those who want or need a grocery store near them to make their voices heard and see what can be done to improve the community access to fresh food. In fact, the most recent article here hints at a possible deal between Walgreens and Key Food to team up. Would that have happened without the protests? I don't think so.
dorkofwindsor October 02, 2012 at 04:39 PM
well, the deal was already inked by the time protests started happening. grocery stores don't have as high margins as walgreens, and furthermore they could see from key foods how there were rarely lines. they're all being bitten into from freshdirect, union market, fairway, costco, and local farmers markets, and don't have expansion capital banging at their door to open new locations (not cheap to stock a new supermarket). Furthermore, most WT households (the more financially desirable ones anyway) have cars and thus the potential food competition is much greater than the protesters would have you believe. like many mature industries in nyc, the value of potential RE rental income far outweighs what can be made from the owners of such businesses, so they get rented to the highest and most financially secure bidder for a LT lease (note the complaining of too many bank branches in manhattan). BTW - for looking at the mindset of people this happened last year of the D'Agostinos in Chappaqua. http://www.newcastlenow.org/index.php/article/new_final_word_comes_from_dagostino_ceo_a_resident_of_new_castle Bottom line - the food business is extremely hard and they are not contenders when it comes to bidding for properties vs other more profitable businesses. If you live in windsor terrace and have ever shopped at costco or fairway, or ordered from fresh direct, and consider yourself a "green beans" protester, i think that would be rather hypocritical.

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