Seasons vacant South Euclid (copy)

A building that was expected to be a Seasons kosher grocery store in South Euclid.  | CJN photo / Bob Jacob

Seasons kosher supermarket still isn’t coming to South Euclid, but the brand lives on under a new owner.

The company, which filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 16, 2018, was purchased by Joseph Bistritzky and his family. Bistritzky, the CEO of the Maramont Corp., is the son of the late Leibel Bistritzky, known for opening Bistritzky’s Kosher Gourmet Food of the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

According to a news release, which was dated only as “January 2019,” Seasons plans to reopen existing locations in Clifton, N.J.; Lakewood, N.J.; both locations in Lawrence, N.Y; Queens and reopen the Scarsdale store in its new location during a grand reopening event on March 3. The other stores are expected to be open in time for Passover.

The planned South Euclid store and a new store in Baltimore were not mentioned in the press release and are not expected to be included under the Seasons brand.

“Each member of our family brings a different strength to our team,” said Joseph Bistritzky in the release. “Together, we have years of familiarity with kosher food manufacturing and distribution. We have redeveloped the operational side of many businesses, by forming and training managerial teams to have a keen understanding of community relations and family interface. It is an honor to serve the Jewish communities of Scarsdale, Clifton, Lakewood, Lawrence and Queens. We look forward to welcoming all customers, both old and new, as we reopen our Scarsdale location and elevate the shopping experiences in all five locations in the region.”

The land that was to be used for the South Euclid store is owned by an entity called Cleveland Kosher Supermarket LLC, which is owned or controlled by Cleveland-based SKNY. According to bankruptcy court documents, SKNY constitutes the family or the estate of the late Robert “Mendy” Klein, and documents attached to a debtor’s Chapter 11 petition were signed by Klein’s son, Nathan Klein.

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