Now, within a few blocks of this store there is:
- a great organic/natural food store
- two specialty grocery stores
- two fruit-and-vegetable stores
- a fishmonger
- a butcher
- an A&P
- a tea/coffee store
And if New York grocery stores were allowed to sell alcohol, there is a beverage distributor and wine store nearby.
All of these offer more choices, more personalized service, cheaper prices and (the A&P excepted) you're supporting a local business rather than a national chain. I'm still completely baffled as to why anyone would stand in lines for that long just to go into a rather mediocre grocery store with inflated prices and extreme snob appeal.