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What Happened to C-TOWN in the West End???? Where are they? do they even care about the community. No effort at all to open its doors.
Leonard Bauman November 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM
According to non-official sources, the owner is "fed up" and may throw in the towel depending upon the pittance the insurance company offers him for non-flood caused damages. C-Town was a low profit margin business and sources say the losses are not insured since C-Town did not have business flood insurance in effect on 10/29/12. Therefore, the owner if he wants to fix and re-open C-Town has to go into debt and apply for a Small Business Administration. As you have seen by no action on the owner's part to empty out the store of rotten merchandise, perhaps the owner has already made his decision. Only time will tell as we see the store either rehabbed or demolished.
Jaime Sumersille November 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Here's an initial story we did on C-Town: http://longbeach.patch.com/groups/editors-picks/p/leaving-long-beach_c7d171b7
toolittle November 30, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Lets bring in someone who cares about their neighborhood. Would love to see a successful, thriving local market in its place. A Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or a locally run place that has fresh produce and keeps a clean store.
Tonto Hertzberg November 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
C-Town was a well run store that provided a service to the community. Now that it is gone most folks understand how valuable an asset it was. In its place we do not need some overpriced Manhattan-type store but simply a newer version of what was there. Also, how about a little compassion for the owners of C-Town, that lost their lifetime investment?
toolittle November 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I thought C town could have been kept much cleaner and more organized. The meat dept. was always a bit frightening, with bad odors. Trader Joe's is hardly overpriced and not a Manhattan type store, you should check it out sometime. I would have more compassion if they chose to clean their store after Sandy,rather than let their items rot on the shelves, and attract rodents to the area.
Jonathan Kaplan December 01, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Trader Joe's would be great in the West End but real estate is in very short supply
Jaime Sumersille December 01, 2012 at 12:02 PM
From one of the owners on our Facebook page: I saw some comments pertaining to C-Town and feel the need to clear up some things. As one of the owners I would like to first thank the community for supporting us for so long! My family has been here since just after world war II. Although nothing seems to be happening I can assure you that I personally am working behind the scenes to get the store running again. The store needs a COMPLETE renovation, unfortunately that takes much longer than any of us would like. I'm trying! - Rob Koff
Ann Do gersten December 01, 2012 at 12:12 PM
C-Town has always been a great community Grocery Store. No matter what you think, the meat department had great meat! PLease let The Koff family and their partners that there are many Westenders who are rooting for them and their comeback.
JP Ashcroft December 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I am rooting for the Koff Family and the staff. They do provide a great service and in light of what happened now have to negotiate more than just the loan process. Contrary to what people think, the SBA doesn't just hand over money....it's a process. And for those who use Patch to lob punches at individual proprietors, leave it alone.
Carly December 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Did any of C-Town's detractors ever imagine what it would be like to deal with the ramifications of losing their family home AND a business? That's what happened, and shame on you for trashing good, hard-working people.
toolittle December 01, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Having heard that they are planning a return. I wish them good luck and hope they have cleaned or are cleaning up soon. A newly renovated store that is kept clean would be a great thing for the West End.
SG11561 December 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
As a employee or should i say former employee i am no longer held by the bounds to say what really as happened at C town. First off i have nothing to gain by this, i don't want anything from anyone, I just want the truth to be told so everyone can see what is really going on. I speak only for myself. For all of us the super storm hit a month ago, but for us at C town the storm hit in the summer of 2011, When the owners Robbie & Barry Koff forced us to vote the union out so they could save money and thus save the store, Barry on a daily basis would threaten us with closing the store if we didn't vote the union out , anyone who would listen to him when they walked into the store he would tell them the same thing he was feeding us. So on a August day in the summer of 2011 they had a employee who had been there for over 30 years pass around a petition to vote the union out. Using high school kids ( baggers & cashiers ) the vote passed and the union was voted out. They got workers scared of losing there jobs , workers thought they were doing the right thing, people who had been there for 20,30,40 years were promised there pension money they were lied too and to make matters worse the Koff's were givin the petition it was left at the front desk so they knew who voted and who didn'.But saving the store wasn't the Koff agenda o because 6 months later they put the store up for sale. Most of us know that it easier to sell a store with non-union workers the koffs dubbed everyoneg into thinking that this was the right think to do, After the vote was passed they took away vacation time, sick time, and holiday time (2013) even on the day of the storm the koff's put another nail into there employees they didn't pay them for that day. In the days and weeks that followed Sandy the Koffs once again screwed there employees and yes i know everyone was dealing with the damage to there homes, but even to this day December 5 they have never held a meeting with any of there employees to even tell them there plans, they walked away from the workers who give there heartsto them, people who gave there lives to them the Koff's abandoned there workers and from what it seems they also have abandoned the west end. When people needed food the Koff's with a supermarket full of food did nothing for the west end did nothing for there loyal customers and did nothing for the city of Long Beach, it was almost a joke to see Barry on Tv crying that he lost his cars, his boat, his business, when he had workers who lost everything they owned, gutless & heartless is what i would call them, If some of you want to sit there and praise them think again, there father rebuilt that store after it caught fire, he didnt abandon the people he served the community that he helped build. Rob & Barry Koff are a different story, they run when things get tough they close there eyes to the real world because it is all about them.

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