What’s a Crown Heights Supermarket Worth?

Nearly every day, Manny Tavares is the first to arrive at the Associated supermarket on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. “You could say this is my second home, but actually it’s more like my first, because I’m here by 6:30 a.m.,” said Tavares, who has worked at the store since it opened in 1991.

In his office, he keeps a running list of requests from customers for items, including a host of Caribbean spices and various plant-based meat products; one time, he ordered a batch of specialty vanilla-bean paste for a chef at a nearby Italian restaurant. When neighborhood groups host block parties, the Associated donates snacks.

Nearly every day, Manny Tavares is the first to arrive at the Associated supermarket on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. “You could say this is my second home, but actually it’s more like my first, because I’m here by 6:30 a.m.,” said Tavares, who has worked at the store […]

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