Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Food

Luxe Kosher Grocery Chain ‘Seasons’ Declares Bankruptcy

Seasons, the once bountiful chain of 100% kosher grocery stores spanning the Upper West Side, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey and Maryland, has now filed for bankruptcy. The filing shows that they are trying to sell the company for $12 million. According to the filings, the company had $5 million in assets but was $42 million in debt. Seasons’ year to date revenue is $63 million, but won’t be enough to keep them afloat.

Unlike the kosher grocery stores of yore, Seasons was no local mom-and-pop shop — it had national ambitions, even planning to open a store in Cleveland, Ohio.

Seasons owes a significant amount of money to Bank United, their vendors and the previous owners of Supersol, the predecessor of Seasons. The Supersol owners won a din Torah [religious lawsuit] from a religious court that judges on Jewish intra-community disputes and froze Seasons’ bank accounts. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy unfreezes the accounts, and if approved by the court, allows the company to get a new emergency loan. The loan would be issued on the condition that Seasons sell itself immediately.

The grocery stores, once the hope of a religious Jewish populace building its own community infrastructure, now have empty shelves. Users on Facebook groups dedicated to kosher food, such as Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies, wondered where to get their Sukkot necessities now. One member wrote that, “As a Baltimore person, seasons is a Shining Light in an otherwise dim food Spectrum [sic]. My kids are all hoping that they reorganize and stay open here.”

Seasons’ CEO Mayer Gold could not be reached for comment.

Shira Feder is a writer. She’s at [email protected] and @shirafeder

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning journalism this Passover.

In this age of misinformation, our work is needed like never before. We report on the news that matters most to American Jews, driven by truth, not ideology.

At a time when newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall. That means for the first time in our 126-year history, Forward journalism is free to everyone, everywhere. With an ongoing war, rising antisemitism, and a flood of disinformation that may affect the upcoming election, we believe that free and open access to Jewish journalism is imperative.

Readers like you make it all possible. Right now, we’re in the middle of our Passover Pledge Drive and we still need 300 people to step up and make a gift to sustain our trustworthy, independent journalism.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Only 300 more gifts needed by April 30

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.