Zeytinia Management Blames Bare Shelves On Bad Economy

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Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business.
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business.
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business.
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business.
Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Managers of Croton's gourmet grocery store, Zeytinia, said empty shelves are due to slow business.

Zeytinia manager Eko Oz said last week the lack of inventory on store shelves was "obvious."

Indeed, many shelves either were entirely or partially empty. In a case that used to stock beer, there remain some scattered six-packs and single beers. A cheese section that once rivaled any grocery store's is thinly stocked. 

"There is hardly any cheeses anymore and there shelves are somewhat bare. I was very disappointed last time I was in there," said Alison Mazza, a Zeytinia shopper, via the Cortlandt Daily Voice Facebook page. 

"It's just slow business," said Oz, who said business has dropped the last five months but wouldn't say by how much. About five months ago, nine owners of six tri-state Zeytinia gourmet grocery stores, including the Croton location, were indicted in an alleged $56 million tax-skimming scheme.

"We're going to restock for Christmas," said Oz, manager of the Van Wyck Shopping Center location the last year and a half.

Oz said the decrease in business was not related to the fraud charges. "It's just the economy, I guess," he said.

The allegations may have tarnished the store's image however. Several people on The Cortlandt Daily Voice Facebook page wrote the allegations discouraged them from shopping at the gourmet food store. "(That's) not the kind of business I wish to support," wrote Karin Sansaricq.

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Things happen with the help of a good manager.I could say that the management should try to fight the urge to be mediocre and be sensitive enough with the good attributes of the store! If you are a business manager, learn how to make your dealings with employees more efficient too. These common mistakes managers make could be avoided. Source of the article:Check this out

Turco's a specialty store in Yorktown is BUSY! Weekends it's hard to find a parking spot!

Something about this store turns me off. It always seemed dirty and the food does not all look fresh. They used to have good produce, but now, not so much. Great location -- wish something better would open up there.

And it also appears that when they began their slippery slide down and stopped stacking shelves, they also stopped cleaning the store. Hope the board of health is on top of it. I don't believe for a minute it's the "poor economy." l I think the charges against the owners are awful if true. They need to pay up and then shut up. Croton deserves so much more than this kind of operation. Zetinia owners should pack up their remaining stock - donate it to the Croton food bank and get out of Dodge!!!

Are we supposed to feel sorry for a group who evaded 56 million dollars by spending more in their store? First pay the 56 mil and maybe I will return.

Agreed. Hard to feel sorry, or to blame the economy on their current state. Failure to pay 56 Million should have kept them going well beyond an economic downfall. This community of hard working families should not support this fraud!