Cavany Foods to open first ever retail market in Jersey City

Cavany Foods, a meal preparation company that offers fresh and organic food delivery, has signed a space in Jersey City to serve as its first ever retail location, according to the retail building’s developers KRE Group and Ironstate Development Co.

The gastronomic company said it relocated its existing commercial kitchen located in the city’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood to the 1,760-square-foot space at 235 Grand.

The company will utilize its popular home delivery service that’s operated through an app to offer everything from prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to coffee, desserts and other treats.

“Cavany Foods is a local business with a loyal following and a high-quality product. We’re delighted to partner with them on their first retail location,” said Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group. “When we select a retail tenant for one of our buildings, we consider the impact it will have on our residents and the community at large.  In this case, the benefit was clear.”

Cavany Foods, which was founded in 2017 by chef Alejandro Ferrer of Venezuela, has become a staple at the annual Grove Street Farmers Market.

“We decided to open at 235 Grand because it is in an area with a lot of pedestrian traffic, close to the PATH and the downtown commercial district and near our existing customer base,” Ferrer said. “We also like the idea of setting up shop in a brand new building whose residents will essentially be using us like room service.  It’s the perfect location for our business to grow.”

Business is up by 50% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ferrer said, since more people are home utilizing the company’s app while desiring fresh and healthy food delivery options.

“We are proud to be serving the community during these challenging times and are thankful that we are able to contribute to the health and well-being of our customers in our own way,” Ferrer said. “At the same time, we are planning for a brighter future. We believe our gourmet market at 235 Grand will be a popular neighborhood destination, giving us an opportunity to offer an in-store experience while also expanding our app-based, home delivery service.”

The broker for the deal was Hoboken-based Grid Real Estate.