New grocery store open at The Brooklyner
With 127,000 residents in a square-mile radius and 100,000 office workers, there are bellies to be filled in Downtown Brooklyn – but a dearth of grocery stores currently doing so.
Enter Khim’s Millenium Market, which opened last week in the ground floor of the 111 Lawrence St. residential complex, The Brooklyner. “Now, people won’t have to go all the way to Trader Joe’s, and our residents that used to order groceries online will benefit by being able to go directly downstairs to get fresh food and produce,” said The Brooklyner’s Property Manager, Lawris Brown.
After the 51-story, 491-unit Brooklyner opened in 2010, plans regarding the ground floor space were discussed immediately. “The project goes at least several years back,” said Brown. “We played with different ideas, and initially planned for a child daycare center. We sent a survey out to the residents, and they made it clear that a supermarket would be the best option.”
Khim’s was the supermarket that made the biggest impression, reaching out to The Brooklyner after realizing the potential market of the building’s residents and nearby foot-traffic. This will be the 7th Khim’s location in Brooklyn – other locations include Williamsburg and Bushwick – which bills itself as a “green” supermarket, emphasizing its organic products, including produce and meat.
They fit the bill for The Brooklyner, evidently. “The second we posted the news about Khim’s on our Facebook page, we received twenty or so responses in less than a minute saying, ‘Thank you, this is exactly what we need,’” Brown told us.
In an area that’s going through yet another building boom, the potential for retail is strong, something that grocers don’t seem to have fully taken advantage of yet. Prospects for Khim’s – and through them, The Brooklyner – are good, said Brown, “Nothing in the immediate area matches what’s available here.”