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Planet Fitness replaces Phat Albert

Empire and Flatbush may never be the same....

Then the Q checked in with Albert Srour, owner of the one-time bakery itself, and guess what? He confirmed that Planet Fitness will be moving in, taking over the first two floors of this two-story part of the building.

http://theqatparkside.blogspot.com/2013/09/phat-alberts-new-windows.html

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  • Many years ago that was the old Bond Bread bakery. They also made Grossingers Rye Bread there. You could smell it for blocks. I think it was used as a commercial bakery until about the mid 70s. It was called Denk Bakery at that time.

  • I have heard the building is still owned by one of the people that ran the bakery.

  • I'm excited for an affordable gym in the general neighborhood. I personally have a Planet Fitness membership in downtown Brooklyn but never use it due to the trek. Hopping on the Shuttle makes life much easier. Cannot wait!

  • A gym will certainly be a nice change from all of the fast food in the area.

  • Actually it may be a boost for all the fast food in the area. You can down two or three Whoppers and then work it off right there. So, you feel less guilt for eating all that crap in the first place.

  • I suspect that there will be little overlap between the gym crowd and fast food places on Empire.

    Empire's list includes McD's, Wendy's, Checkers, Pizza Hut, and Popeyes. I believe the Burger King is just off Empire on Rogers.

  • Mickey D's is starting to give out loyalty points. They could give discounts on gym membership. Might be a great selling point.

  • I find I am sometimes able to lose weight merely by not eating where fat people eat.

    Fast Food places tend to have big glass windows which help in this determination.

  • I usually like to eat my Whoppers after a workout, not before.

  • Well, let's be thankful that there aren't any all you can eat buffets in that area.

  • February start date seems optimistic, to judge from a peek inside the doors. But maybe some strong, in-shape construction guys can pull it off.

  • whynot_31 said:

    I suspect that there will be little overlap between the gym crowd and fast food places on Empire.

    Empire's list includes McD's, Wendy's, Checkers, Pizza Hut, and Popeyes. I believe the Burger King is just off Empire on Rogers.

    Don't forget Dunkin' Donuts. And the 7-11!

  • Gym moving in actually could help save Purple Berry, the juice and sandwich place on Flatbush 2 blocks down. They deserve credit for looking like a professional operation with decent signage. And the wraps and ciabatta sandwich are decently flavorful if nothing special. But I haven't seen much foot traffic there, sometimes they are not open, and the winter is bound to be rough for any juice place.

    The gym might also help revive the Subway franchise next to Purple Berry.

  • Although if any construction/contractor vehicles lodge themselves in the front of Phat Albert right now, with the traffic changes on Flatbush and the dollar vans getting antsy because of backups--ay ay ay! Just hoping no one gets hurt before they have a chance to get in shape. The heavy diggers rolling around on the other side of the street, with that big Lincoln Road project, already has pinched the room for pedestrians around there.

  • whynot_31 said:

    I suspect that there will be little overlap between the gym crowd and fast food places on Empire.

    Empire's list includes McD's, Wendy's, Checkers, Pizza Hut, and Popeyes. I believe the Burger King is just off Empire on Rogers.

    The Burger King is on Bedford between Empire and Sullivan Place. That Checkers has still yet to open. :) At least the KFC closed down.

    The opening of Planet Fitness seems to be a step in the right direction.

  • Yes, the transformation of KFC into a bank is almost historic.

    http://www.brooklynian.com/forums/topic/from-kfc-to-td-bank

    ...I imagine it is tough to pass through the gauntlet of fast food places in order to get to Prospect Park, much less the new Planet Fitness.

  • I'm hearing that Planet Fitness is supposed to open by end of February, and that there will be a yoga studio above the pawn shop and beer distributor on the south side of the building.
  • Isn't the pawn shop out of business?
  • It may be; I haven't walked by there in a while.
  • Pawn shop indeed has looked closed the past month, but could be the owners are just on their traditional winter holiday tour to Miami and Las Vegas.....
  • Pragmatic guy-Here's some image's from when it was Bond Bakery:
  • I wish someone would get the clock on top of that building working again. It could be the local version of the clock on top of the old Williamsburg Bank building.I saw Planet Fitness open one evening on my way home from work. The Planet Fitness website says that the "Pre-Grand Opening Sale is going on now!"
  • Was there a Planet Fitness scheduled to open this month on Fulton near Nostrand Ave? Or am I getting mixed up with something else?
  • edited March 2016
    Much of the remaining space in the former Bond Bakery will soon become a co-working space.

    bond-bakery-building-1
  • Historical shot:


    ice cream
  • Wow. By the way, I climbed to see what was going on inside the clock tower. Seems someone has a carnival costume creation business. I'll try to capture a photo and post it soon.
  • Are we sure it's replacing Phat Alberts or utilizing space in the same building?

    Anyway, that's interesting.
  • I saw another article that said it was going to take over the Phat Albert space, but can't find it.

    Charter schools are not small, so it is going to need a lot of space... 
  • Interested to see more information regarding their philosophy and their leadership.  Stripped down website...
  • @ whynot_31 -  Charter schools often function with little space, when they're co-located.  My girlfriend is a librarian at a middle school charter in Harlem, and all three grades are housed on the third floor of a DOE school.  
  • Did a little digging and seems the same extended family - Srour family - owns the Bond Bakery building, Ph/Fat Albert stores, Brooklyn lollipop import company (the company that owns the bed stuy building where the coworking space just signed for a second location) and a few others (such as 81 willoughby). This assumes brooklynites with the last name "srour" are all connected.
  • The Phat Albert space was the last to go, and is now reportedly for rent. 
  • whynot_31 said:
    The Phat Albert space was the last to go, and is now reportedly for rent. 
    The Phat Albert moved to the space next door that wasn't used for retail previously. Their old space is now for rent.
  • So, Phat Albert has become smaller?  
  • So, Phat Albert has become smaller?  
    I'm not sure since I've never walked in. I don't know if their current space was part of the original store or used for random storage. I wouldn't be surprised if the later.
  • going, going ph
  • good riddance. in this case, the owner of the building owns the business, so it's not a matter of some tenant being pushed out. and it's not like this area is hurting for more discount stores.
  • good riddance. in this case, the owner of the building owns the business, so it's not a matter of some tenant being pushed out. and it's not like this area is hurting for more discount stores.
    Not all discount stores get closeouts from Macy's though.
  • edited June 2017
    @whynot_31 Jack's is another discount store though. LOL

    I personally wouldn't mind seeing it come in though.

  • As noted above, a charter school is already on the way for the Phat Albert space.
  • Phat Alberts just moved everything into the northern part of the store (previously the apparel was separated by a small set of stairs from the rest of the store). I noticed a few months back that they stopped restocking (they were great for cheap vinyl shower curtains!) and then they completely cleared out the apparel section and consolidated the linens to move the apparel in there. Last I was in there about 2 weeks ago and it was almost bare bones. Most of the items were gone and everything was super marked down. They called it a liquidation sale and a few locals I've spoken with were under the impression that it wasn't the end of old Albert's but I fear it may be. I may try to get in there today and see if there are any cheap glassware, but once they officially shutter, I'll have to trek further down Flatbush for good liquidator stores :disappointed: I just saw an article stating that Starbucks was moving in to the Fat Alberts location in Bushwick (or was it BedStuy?), so it seems their fates are sealed
  • @rararuuu - Woodhull is in Bed-Stuy. On the PLG FB page, someone claimed that the owner of Phat Albert's is retiring.
  • I've seen an announcement stating that "BKLYN Marketplace," or something of the sort, will be taking phat alberts place. It appears to bd cobranded with the Srour's coworking space in the building -- BKLYN Commons - and targeting a slightly more affluent or trendy crowd than phat Albert's core demographic.
  • edited July 2017
    Yes, it seems like it will be targeting the folks who use the coworking place. Offering them lunch and small portion groceries.
  • It's now open.
  • I peeked in on Saturday. (I would have gone in, but I don't like checking my bags.) It looks like a remixed version of Phat Albert - just more streamlined.
  • For some reason, I though we would get a boutique grocer.
  • whynot_31 said:
    For some reason, I though we would get a boutique grocer.
    I'm pretty sure one of the earlier "coming soon" posters suggested that. Maybe they realized it wasn't worth competing with Wholesome? Who knows.
  • Marco555 said:
    whynot_31 said:
    For some reason, I though we would get a boutique grocer.
    I'm pretty sure one of the earlier "coming soon" posters suggested that. Maybe they realized it wasn't worth competing with Wholesome? Who knows.
    Sounds like the case of the wishful thinking rumor about the TJ's on Washington Avenue.
  • The current sign says "fresh food" and "seasonal specials" are "coming soon."
  • Marco555 said:
    The current sign says "fresh food" and "seasonal specials" are "coming soon."
    I'm sure someone on the PLG FB group will post when that arrives. :smile:
  • Shopped there a week or so ago, they are still using the Phat Albert bags! Maybe all is not lost
  • This incarnation feels like a streamlined Phat Albert, with a different name. The space feels less cluttered.
  • This version seems like a placeholder until a better paying tenant can be found.
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