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Agata and Valentina market closes on University Place

Another one bites the dust. The Village has lost yet another market.

Agata and Valentina, a specialty-foods store on University Place that sported good-quality fare, high prices and very nice staff, closed its doors on April 26.

The company has another store Uptown and one in New Jersey.

(Photo by The Village Sun)

“They have always struggled,” one Villager reflected. “It’s kind of a Citarella place but not as well located. They had too many complicated components and they were always trying to change it.

An opportunist was quick to tape a flier for Gristedes — “Just a few blocks away” — on the vacant storefront. (Photo by The Village Sun)

“They did seem to have lots of customers until March last year when so many people moved out of the neighborhood. It’s too bad because it seems like they just needed to hold out for a couple more months.”


  1. C.J. Scheiner C.J. Scheiner May 5, 2021

    The wonderful Midoriya Japanese Market on E. 17 St. is scheduled to close on May 7. It is depressing how many good business people stayed open for us during the worst of the COVID-19 shutdown, only to have to go out of business just when things are starting to open up.

  2. Sugar Barry Sugar Barry May 5, 2021

    The basic fact is the building has been sold and is scheduled for demolition soon!

    We here in the Central Village are sad to lose A&V for another excess new building, which, along with the Department of Transportation plans for University Place “calming” (? ? – it will be the party path on the way from Union Square to Washington Square Park) will continue to change the neighborhood vibe!

    S. Barry,
    East 10 St Block Association

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