Protesters Rally to Save Washington Heights Associated Store From Closing | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo

Associated Supermarket - Washington Heights

Hundreds of protesters stood in the rain to rally in support of the Associated Supermarket at 592 Fort Washington Ave. (Photo: Ian Hardy)

HUDSON HEIGHTS — More than 100 people rallied outside the Associated Supermarket on Fort Washington Avenue Sunday to protest the planned closure of the longtime grocery store.

The lease for the supermarket, which has served residents of the community for more than three decades, expired on Jan. 1, three years after the building’s management company told the franchise owner it would not renew.

Instead, management opted to rent the 592 Fort Washington Ave. space to a Walgreens without giving franchise owner Oswald Rodriguez “a chance to work out the lease,” he said.

Neither Walgreens nor the management company have confirmed the lease, but elected officials nonetheless took the chain to task on Sunday.

Read more: Protesters Rally to Save Washington Heights Associated Store From Closing | DNAinfo

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