Asian supermarket planned for old M&M building
An Asian supermarket called New York Mart with a food court is planned for the location of the former M&M Farms at 804 Boston Post Road following an 8-2 approval by the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) at its March 15 meeting.
This location puts the new store in direct competition with Lin Asian Food Market, located nearby at 532 Boston Post Road.
Architect Raymond Oliver made the presentation on behalf of the owners, who have 17 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The plan needed a special exception due to a planned 65 parking spaces when 103 are required, and due to the presence of a food court, plus a basement storage area. The P&Z also approved the project’s site plan.
NYM Milford registered with the Secretary of State on May 1, 2015, and lists Deng and Lily Long of Long Island City, N.Y. as its members, and Shunyu She of Rocky Hill as its agent.
An article in China Daily USA from Nov. 21, 2014 has a profile of Long and his plans for New York Mart, indicating the chain had 11 stores at that time with plans for expansion. The article may be viewed at http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/us/2014-11/21/content_18951363.htm.
M&M Farms closed its doors in December 2011 and the property has been vacant since that time. NYM Milford LLC purchased the 1.39-acre property on May 28, 2015 from Brookside Holdings LLC for $1.3 million. The 19,382 square foot building was constructed in 1975.
The New York Mart proposal is timely with the closing of Xpect Discounts at 480 Boston Post Road on March 26. According to a notice posted on the state Department of Labor website, 52 workers at the Milford Xpect store will be laid off from their jobs as of April 1, giving them time to pack up the store after the final day of sales.
The parent company of Xpect is also closing its store in Cromwell, affecting 61 workers, and in East Haven, affecting 65 workers. The company previously closed stores in Danbury, North Haven, and Derby. The parent chain Marc’s operates 58 grocery stores in Ohio.