TJ Maxx replacing former Smith St. Met Foods, workers say


Not so super: TJ Maxx replacing former Smith St. Met Foods, workers say — dashing hopes of new market

Chew on this: A new TJ Maxx will open on the site of the former Smith Street Met Foods, according to workers at the site.
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They’re all maxxed out!

The former site of the Smith Street Met Foods will soon be home to an outpost of discount dud store TJ Maxx, according to several workers at the site — disappointing news for some locals, who were hoping a new food market would replace it instead of yet another chain clothing emporium.

“I’m not happy about it, there’s a TJ Maxx not far away and I don’t think it’s what the neighborhood wants or needs,” said Boerum Hill resident Kate Davis, referring to the chain’s outlet on Fulton Mall. “I wanted a supermarket, I think everybody wanted a supermarket — an affordable one as well, not a Union Market type.”

Budget-conscious Boerum Hill shoppers were bummed when a group of developers purchased the supermarket at Baltic Street for $18.5 million in 2014 and razed the property, leaving them to schlep to the Boerum Hill or Brooklyn Heights Key Foods or the C Town in the Gowanus for comparably-priced groceries.

Locals’ spirits were buoyed by a report on weblog Brownstoner late last year claiming a new grocery store was slated for the under-construction replacement building — only to be crushed once again this week by word that it will actually be a department store.

Retail chains like TJ Maxx are increasingly the norm on and around Smith Street, as rising rents price out indie boutiques and the area’s once-bustling bar and restaurant scene.

Of course, those businesses gentrified what was a gritty, low-rent strip just 20 years ago — as documented in the popular 2007 Life in a Blender song “What Happened to Smith?” which bemoaned the street becoming “90 percent Manhattan” thanks to the arrival of goateed men and “girls balanced in their Manolo Blahniks.”

These days, the area certainly doesn’t need another clothing shop as much as a grocery store, said one local — although she admitted it could do worse than a TJ Maxx.

“There’s so few supermarkets here, I don’t think we really need a TJ Maxx,” said Janie Greene, who has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and shops at both Key Food and the high-end Court Street Union Market. “But I guess it’s better that than another nail salon or Thai restaurant.”

Still, some residents are thrilled they’ll soon have a convenient place to score cut-rate fashion.

“I’m happy about it, absolutely,” said Boerum Hillian Pamela Warren “I’ll definitely shop there.”

TJ Maxx responded to a request for confirmation that it’s opening a store on the site only by saying that it “has not announced a new store for Boerum Hill.”

Developer the Jackson Group did not return a request for comment.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with comment from TJ Maxx.
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It's All Food from Boerum Hell says:
That's effing 'useful.' T.J. Maxx and the Jackson Group are ass.
Dec. 23, 2016, 6:16 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The area has lost 3 major grocery stores and they've been replaced with nothing but overpriced yupster transplant markets with 17 kinds of quinwa and a deli where no one knows the difference between sopressata and salami felino. This area has been packed to the gills with all this new housing, and we get no new transportation, no new school construction, and neighborhood resources are forced out. Enough is enough.
Dec. 23, 2016, 7:52 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Less food, more junk. We are an idiotic society.
Dec. 23, 2016, 7:54 am
BD from Red hook/Carroll Gardens says:
This has been a run on problem last five or more years for us- no Key Food on Court St- replaced with CVS- No small mom n pop stores- children don't want to continue their family business- Replaced with banks, nail salons, pubs. Now, it's hitting home that Key Food on Smith-possibly Key Food on Henry Street- rumor is also closing. We need supermarket. These in and out- run in shops are not cutting it. Trader Joe's - you shop and carry paper bags in cold, windy, snowy n rainy weather. How much can you carry? Double parking- CitiBikes taking parking spots. It's havoc. Traffic is horrendous. We are doomed. Walk, bike or take transportation to Brooklyn Heights, Etc. Cost of shopping and have traveling to and from are not affordable for many in neighborhood. Local prices are high. Many young do not cook or eat little or out. Where do we stand on this issue. Business buyers are gaining. Realtors are invading. Where are we? Nada
Dec. 23, 2016, 9:46 am
Maxx, Shmaxx from Boreum Hill says:
These chains are destroying the neighborhoods. The charm is going.

Stores like this should be in the major strips like Atlantic Ave. that had no charm to start with.

Should I stay or should I go now? More go thoughts come to mind than to stay.
Dec. 23, 2016, 10:47 am
Boycott Junk Stores! from Fort Greene says:
If people refuse to spend their money in these horendous "cannot sell their junk" down south, they would stopp littering up the NYC landscape.
They send that crap here and people not used to it overpay for junnk thaat's out of season.

MET Stores are needed, they provide a service no other stores provide.

'Why are there no Wegman's in NYC? They are a great chain, fantastic service, wages and the best grocery store I've experienced in the USA. They are upstate. I would love aa Wegmans and so will our community.

The hipsters buy all of the yogurt in Stop n Shop. They cannot cook. Restaurants popping up everywhere havelost their magic. My friend and I got ill at one in Harlem. What's happening to NYC?
Dec. 23, 2016, 11:53 am
Jane Hill from Boerum Hill says:
Jackson Group is despicable and T.J. Maxx is a joke. Ask someone who works there what they think of the chain.
Dec. 23, 2016, 2:46 pm
Sid from Boreum hill says:
Wegmans is to open in the brooklyn navy yard unfortunately not for a while. I think not until 2018.
Dec. 24, 2016, 12:40 pm
Sid from Boreum hill says:
The supermarkets are closing because they can't compete on the rents. The mom and pop specialty stores are closing because the children don't want to do that and the rents and internet competition. Times they are a changing.
Dec. 24, 2016, 12:50 pm
Donald from Gowanus says:
I live around the corner (have for almost 25 years) and have been watching this building go up. While it remains to be confirmed whether TJ Maxx is going into the building, there are a few construction details that would indicate that there will be either 2 or 3 tenants in the building. There is a firewall that has been constructed that divides the ground floor into 2 units. The southern 2/3rds of the building, on the corner of Baltic, could be a grocery store. The northern 1/3rd has a stairway to the second floor and an open staircase to the basement. There is a loading dock on the Baltic Street side of the building with easy access to an elevator. It is not inconceivable that there would be a small grocery store on the corner. It sure won't be a Met Food because the whole chain went bankrupt.

P.S. It will be interesting to see what happens to Rite Aid because of the proposed merger of Rite Aid and Walgreens/Duane Reade. Rite Aid has announced that they are eliminating/selling almost 900 stores.
Dec. 26, 2016, 10:31 pm
Sid from Boreum hill says:
Met food is a food co-op. The stores are independently owned. An internet search did not find a bankruptcy filing for the co-op. There are two rite aids within 1000 feet on Smith street and two Duane reeds within 500 feet on court street.
Dec. 27, 2016, 7:01 am
Donald from Gowanus says:
I stand corrected on the Met Food issue. Their wholesaler, White Rose, went bankrupt and a large number of their stores converted to other coops at the time. There are still a number of Met Food stores in operation. I stand by my comment that if Duane Reade and Rite Aid are soon to be owned by the same company, it is likely that they will close some of the locations.
Dec. 27, 2016, 10:47 am
boycott chains from Brooklyn says:
We need to boycott chains from expanding in our small neighborhood strips.

They can go in the bigger commercial areas like by Fulton Mall and Ikea.

Boycott chains will not only drive out those we don't want in our small neighborhoods, but will stop others from coming.

Power to the people!
Dec. 27, 2016, 11:46 am
Satoriz from Gowanus says:
Their is already a TJ Maxx less than a half mile away in the Fulton Mall??? This does not make sense?
Dec. 27, 2016, 12:39 pm
Al from Carroll Gardens says:
This rumor isn't true.
Dec. 27, 2016, 1:15 pm
Eddie from Gowanus says:
It's definitely going to be 3 stores.
Dec. 27, 2016, 5:09 pm
Liz from Park Slope says:
Today I saw a new Marshalls on Atlantic Avenue and Adams - quite close to the one in the Atlantic Terminal Mall. Is this the norm? Gentrification starts with cute yuppie restaurants, moves on to expensive boutiques, and then settles in with cut rate shopping? Ugh...
Dec. 27, 2016, 5:40 pm
Eddie from Gowanus says:
Today I was told this is not going to be a TJ Maxx
Dec. 27, 2016, 6:03 pm

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