After months of anticipation, opened its doors for the first time, hosting a special grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 25.
Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray took part in the ceremony, as customers lined up as early as 7 a.m. to get their first look of the new supermarket on the corner of Sunrise Highway and Ocean Avenue.
Owner Benjamin Levine, a native of Long Beach, said he wanted to build a supermarket that the south shore of Long Island has never seen before.
“I don’t think that the residents of Rockville Centre and Lynbrook have been serviced right over the years," Levine said. “Hopefully we can pull more in from Oceanside, East Rockaway and all of the other surrounding areas.”
According to Levine, what makes Key Food different from other local supermarkets are its prepared foods, its amount of perishables and the variety of produce and meat it carries.
“You don’t have to go to a Whole Foods or a Wild By Nature to buy organic," Levine said. “If you want to get your prepared foods, you don’t have to go to A&S Deli. You can get everything you need right here in one stop.”
Key Food also carries a variety of local produce and specialties, Levine said.
“You can’t find in another supermarket anywhere around the specialty products that we have,” Levine said.
Key Food will also offer its customers a number of benefits. In addition to a savings club card, the store offers a 10-20 percent off promotion for every major holiday. Levine also plans to offer a home-delivery service in the near future.
Levine added that his Key Food will continue to offer great prices and sales, as well as “keep the store clean and take good old-fashioned customer service to another level.”