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King Kullen Holds 'Soft' Opening

Grand opening set for Dec. 14 following circular distribution.

A new King Kullen opened in Island Park on Nov. 30. The supermarket is located at the foot of the Long Beach Bridge, at  80 Waterfront Blvd., and will hold a grand opening Dec. 14.
A new King Kullen opened in Island Park on Nov. 30. The supermarket is located at the foot of the Long Beach Bridge, at 80 Waterfront Blvd., and will hold a grand opening Dec. 14.

A new King Kullen, located in Island Park near the foot of the Long Beach Bridge, opened for business Nov. 30, after the original date was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.

Jeff Prince, assistance vice president of store operations, called it a “soft opening,” and said the grand opening is set for Dec. 14, following the distribution of circulars, contests, giveaways and other forms of advertising the new supermarket.

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The King Kullen — the centerpiece of a 62,675-square-foot development that includes an adjoining shopping center of 10 units at 80 Waterfront Blvd. — was originally scheduled to open Nov. 9, but that plan was derailed after Hurricane Sandy slammed the area Oct. 29. While it lost power, the store avoided flooding.

“We didn’t get any water,” Prince said. “And we had a backup generator.”

Regular store hours are 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays and Saturday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Exclusive to the King Kullen in Island Park is online shopping that includes store pick-up and home delivery. 

Asked about business so far, Prince said: “It’s been surprisingly good.”  

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Tideline December 05, 2012 at 09:02 AM
The beginning of the end of the hey day of LB Waldbaums has started. I can't wait to go shop there.
gailygail December 05, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Don't count Waldbaum's out yet. Went shopping there the other day and was stunned by their prices. If they don't do something about lowering them I think many people will bypass that store.
28 December 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Shopped at the new KK wonderful. Felt safe - it was clean, friendly staff and easy to get in and out of. So nice to have something new in our community. Has anyone else noticed the higher prices at WB since Sandy? It that any way to support the community that has supported you for so many years? Good bye WB.
Eileen M. Tsiapanos December 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
@28, that's price gouging and there's laws against it. Report WB to the BBB and LB City Hall and n e one else u can think of.
john December 06, 2012 at 06:57 AM
the store's emphasis is on customer service. They seem to be aiming at earning customer loyalty one person at a time. Once you acclimate to the entrances and exits then driving back and forth to long beach is a breeze,keep up the friendliness and the cleanliness and island park will have bragging rights on grocery centers.
Brendan December 06, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I went there last night just to grab a steak and some potatoes for dinner. I had about 10 minutes to get in and out, the plumber was coming. I was out in 6 minutes and I stopped to admire the sushi station...prices were middle of the road, but they had sirloin steaks for 6.99 that were fresh and thick cut, same as c-town used to be. The manager guy or whoever he was bagged my stuff for me while I checked out of the self-checkout lane. No lines. They've got me convinced to drop by once a week, at least until C-Town is back in business. Waldbaums just sucks now. Their beef prices are insane, the only good thing about them is that SOME of the fish guys aren't total d-bags.
paul.d.spellman December 06, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Steak and potatoes, who would've thunk it...
Brendan December 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Same dinner I'm going to have tonight, but I'll probably just stop at Associated in RVC to get tonight's cow offering.
Eileen M. Tsiapanos December 06, 2012 at 01:43 PM
If I was you, I'd go to RVC's king Kullen instead of Associated just because of prices.
Tideline December 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I met the Mgr. who greeted me at the door. The store was clean, well lite and organized. Isles wide enough to maneuver the shopping cart without having to squeeze by anything. I don't know why anyone would shop Waldbaums after trying KK. KK is that good. The parking lot was safe, well lite and had new shopping carts that did not stop unexpectedly poking me in the ribs.
Frankie G. December 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Always like a new food store. lol. I'd like to be able to e-mail some Patch articles to friends. Just don't see a function on the page to do so, maybe I'm missing it. Help?

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