A popular Hispanic grocer has been bought and replaced by a new company based in the Big Apple.
Bravo Supermarkets, whose sole location in Ocala was at 1929 SW College Rd, has been purchased by Key Food Stores Co-Op, Inc. The name on the building and street sign have been changed to “Key Food Fresh,” which is a cooperative of grocers founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1937.
Although the supermarket has been updated with a different color scheme and new signs, the same types of groceries and focus on Hispanic specialty foods and ingredients remains.
The aisles of the grocery store are filled with varieties of rice, beans, spices, and everything else that made Bravo a favorite spot of the Latino community.
The checkout aisles have been upgraded with new colors and the employees all don gray, Key Fresh uniforms.
The cafe is still serving the same lunch and dinner plates that made it the most popular section of the store for employees on their lunch break looking for affordable, delicious options.
Key Food Fresh has locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, with its headquarters in Staten Island. The company also operates stores under the Key Food Marketplace, Key Fresh & Natural, Food Dynasty, Urban Market, Food World, Food Universe Marketplace, Superfresh, and The Food Emporium.
For those looking to visit another Bravo, there are still a few scattered throughout the state of Florida. Check Bravo’s website for a store locator to find another Bravo.