Empire State Development Announces Public Hearing on Fresh Direct Relocation Plan

November 17, 2014 ● 5pm to 9pm ●450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Bronx, NY – The New York Association of Grocery Stores (NYAGS) is a coalition of local New York City grocers fighting to stay alive as special interest and big chains continue to encroach on the businesses our families have maintained for decades. Recently, Empire State Development (ESD) announced the date for a public hearing in connection with the Fresh Direct Capital Project.

ESD proposes to make a $9 million grant and a $1 million loan to Fresh Direct, LLC to assist in the financing of their relocation and project. NYAGS is opposed to this proposed disbursement of funds, particularly because the government looks to do this without performing a legally mandated environmental review of the impacts associated with this large –scale project. Currently, they insist on using an environmental impact statement that is nearly 22 years old and originally made for an entirely different project. As a result, there is no real way of knowing how this project will ultimately affect the community and environment around it. NYAGS stands in opposition to ESD’s plan in order to protect the interests of New York’s brick and mortar grocers.

All are encouraged to attend and testify in opposition at the public hearing on November 17th.

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