Mrs. Green’s market coming to Rye

Joining the other 10 Mrs. Green’s locations in Westchester, including the Katonah location, pictured, Mrs. Green’s plans to open a natural market in downtown Rye at 1037 Boston Post Road. Photo/Liz Button

Joining the other 10 Mrs. Green’s locations in Westchester, including the Katonah location, pictured, Mrs. Green’s plans to open a natural market in downtown Rye at 1037 Boston Post Road. Photo/Liz Button

By KATIE HOOS
Mrs. Green’s Natural Market plans to open a Rye location at 1037 Boston Post Road, adding to the health food store’s continued expansion throughout the county.

Mrs. Green’s, an Irvington-based grocery store that sells only organic produce and other natural products, is planning to take over the current Lester’s location across the street from City Hall in downtown Rye once the clothing retailer’s lease is up.

“I think it will be a positive influence,” Rye Chamber of Commerce co-president Margaret Ricketts said. “It’s a destination people will come out to and hopefully go to other stores in Rye. It’s always positive to have new stores opening and this is a known name.”

Before that happens, the building will likely need to undergo some structural work to accommodate the market, including exterior alterations, window replacement and masonry work.

The produce at Mrs. Green’s is 100 percent organic. The Irvington-based market also offers many locally sourced products.

The produce at Mrs. Green’s is 100 percent organic. The Irvington-based market also offers many locally sourced products.

Several area residents expressed their support for the new addition to Rye’s business community and said they look forward to the market’s opening.

Rye resident Gisela Bjorkegrem, said she normally shops at the Whole Foods in Port Chester, but would definitely start going to Mrs. Green’s. “I would love it, especially since it’s within easy walking distance,” she said.

Similarly, Nan Black from Rye Brook said the natural market would “absolutely fit in with Rye’s character.”

 

Sandy Weinman from Rye, who said she occasionally shops at the Mrs. Green’s location in Larchmont, welcomes the market’s presence in the City of Rye.

“I think they’d have some good competition with Whole Foods, but it would definitely be appealing,” she said.

Mrs. Green’s sells a variety of healthy and dietary specific items, including gluten-free products. Photos courtesy Facebook

Mrs. Green’s sells a variety of healthy and dietary specific items, including gluten-free products.
Photos courtesy Facebook

The opening of the Rye location will be another installment in Mrs. Green’s expansion in Westchester and throughout the Northeast
region.

Mrs. Green’s currently has 10 Westchester locations including stores in Eastchester, Larchmont, Hartsdale, Tarrytown, Scarsdale, Dobbs Ferry, Yorktown Heights, Mount Kisco, Briarcliff Manor and Katonah.

A store in New Canaan, Conn., opened on April 18 and the company announced a Greenwich Village location in Manhattan will open in June.

 

Mrs. Green’s currently has 18 locations in the tri-state area.

Sandy Weinman from Rye, who said she occasionally shops at the Mrs. Green’s location in Larchmont, welcomes the market.

“I think they’d have some good competition with Whole Foods, but it would definitely be appealing,” she said.

For some, Mrs. Green’s offers an exciting outlook for a building with a bit of a controversial past.

The natural market will occupy the current Lester’s clothing retailer site, a building with a controversial past. File photo

The natural market will occupy the current Lester’s clothing retailer site, a building with a controversial past. File photo

Once home to CVS, 1037 Boston Post Road was purchased by the City of Rye for $6.2 million in 2006 with the intention of relocating the police station and courthouse from McCullough Place to 1037, directly across from City Hall.

But after former Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, took office in 2010, the plan was scrapped due to the high relocation cost of an estimated $25 million. The city, which was leasing out the property to Lester’s for approximately $23,000 per month since 2007, set out to sell the building in order to put it back on the city’s property tax rolls.

Hiring CBRE, Inc., a brokerage firm from Stamford, Conn., the city reviewed bids from eight interested parties, including an offer from Lester’s to purchase the property.

The city ultimately sold the property for $5.6 million to Long Island-based gasoline distributor and real estate holding company, Bill Wolf Petroleum Corporation, who paid for the property in cash. After shelling out $224,000 in broker’s fees to CBRE, the city was left with $5.3 million cash in-hand.

Mrs. Green’s will lease the building from the property owner, Bill Wolf Petroleum. It is unclear how long the lease is for or when Mrs. Green’s is planning to open its Rye location.

Once Mrs. Green’s is open, the market will join two other health food grocery stores in the area: Andy’s Pure Food on Purchase Street in Rye and Whole Foods Market, which opened last October on Boston Post Road in Port Chester.

Adam Wolf, vice president of Bill Wolf Petroleum, declined to comment.

Representatives from Mrs. Green’s could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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