The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Inc., the parent company of Waldbaum's has responded to accusations that the meat at its Westhampton Beach location is foul.
In a statement, spokeswoman Marcy Connor wrote, "We take all of our customers feedback seriously and will be looking into this issue."
The issue was brought up in a blog posted over the weekend by Westhampton Beach resident Joy Sopitz, who attested that she recently purchased meat at the village's only supermarket and it was rotten.
Since then, other village residents have lashed out at the store, saying that they too have purchased bad meat and not only is the store's meat department inadequate, the rest of the store is as well.
Others stated that they stopped shopping at the store years ago and wrote that they would like to see the Village of Westhampton Beach explore options to allow other supermarkets to open in the area, possibly even one proposed by developer Andrew Mendelson.
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The issue is a not a new one. In April 2009, The Independent reported that a group called Shame on You Waldbaum's, kicked off an effort to fix the issue and held a meeting at Village Hall. At the time, the publication reported that the residents were told that the issue would be remedied with a new refrigeration unit and that an expansion of the store was planned for February 2010.
That expansion, however, never came to fruition and Connor did not respond to questions asking if the expansion is still on the table or if the store's refrigeration unit had ever been replaced.
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