According to an interview in the Dec 2007 online real estate publication “The Real Deal” David Kramer of Hudson Related stated that “the developers are looking to bring a food store into [425 Main Street]”.
It was unclear from the article whether “food store” referred to a restaurant to compliment the planned Italian and Japanese establishments (soon to open or still under construction) or as an alternative to Gristedes. It would appear that the space is of ample square feet to support another restaurant but a supermarket would require greater space. As it is the additional truck traffic making deliveries has already tied up traffic outside the subway entrance.
The article also includes the following regarding the empty stores on Main Street in Northtown:
"RIOC comptroller Carmine Tedesco, who is overseeing the corporation's retail development strategy, said the top priorities now are to bring a pizzeria, fish store and bakery to the island, to replace ones that were evicted after falling behind in rent last year. Tedesco said several businesses have expressed interest and are working through the state leasing rules before being approved by the RIOC board.
He has also received several calls from people looking to open a sports bar and a veterinarian clinic on the island, and that he continues to hold discussions with the interested parties. He declined to identify future plans for the RIOC-owned retail space, but said service-oriented retail has been a goal for the island. “