A POPULAR grocer is closing its doors at one location after four decades of serving the community.
Titan Foods, the largest Greek food and grocery store in North America, is moving after the building it occupies was sold for $10.5 million.
The address of the new location has not yet been published as lease negotiations are still ongoing.
According to Kostas and Stavroula Mastoras and two of their college friends, they opened the homemade supermarket in New York in 1970 eater.
Titan Foods briefly served as a small deli before moving to a larger location on 31st Street in Astoria in 1996.
For nearly 40 years, the 16,000-square-foot supermarket sold quality Greek food.
Although Astoria, Queens is known for being the center of international culture and cuisine, it retains a strong and longstanding Greek presence.
Titan Foods is a community staple that offers numerous variations of Greek cheeses, olives, pasta, and oils to cater to the neighborhood’s demographic.
The founder’s daughter, Anatoli “Anna” Mastoras, sees the new location as a “new beginning”.
She told Eater that the new shop will have a “different decor and design.”
Meanwhile, Optima, Titan Foods’ sister wholesale company, and a second retail store in Deer Park, Long Island, remain open to customers.
Deer Park is also the location of the brand’s bakery.
Titan Foods isn’t the first iconic store to clear its shelves after years of successful business.
Olive Garden rivals Paesano’s Pizzeria in Des Moines, Iowa recently closed after being in business as long as Titan Foods.
And a anthropology San Francisco location also closed after 20 years.