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A store that’s a Charlotte tradition is moving, and making other big changes too

Jeff Gleiberman will move his store, Gleiberman’s Kosher Mart, to a new location on the Galleria Shopping Center this fall.
Jeff Gleiberman will move his store, Gleiberman’s Kosher Mart, to a new location on the Galleria Shopping Center this fall. Observer file photo

The Jewish High Holy Days are over, but you’ll want to make a note of this before Passover: Gleiberman’s Kosher Mart, a Charlotte institution for kosher meat and products, is moving to a new location with some more changes.

Owner Jeff Gleiberman said Thursday that the store on International Drive in south Charlotte will move to the Galleria Shopping Center, 1848 Galleria Blvd. at Monroe and Sardis Road North, in the space that had been Healthy Home Market. As part of the 3 1/2-mile-move, he’ll close the restaurant and go back to a focus on deli and groceries.

“We’re going back to a gourmet grocery store,” he said. He hopes to add more Israeli-made and organic kosher products, and he’ll switch to more packaged meat and chicken from New York, along with more cheeses.

“There’s lot of new things people are looking for.”

The new space will be about the same size, Gleiberman says. He expects to be open in the new location in October, but some equipment, particularly the walk-in refrigerator, has to be taken apart and moved.

For the fall holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Succot, the store has been using a refrigerated truck to keep fresh meats — although Gleiberman still managed to provide chickens for this week’s effort to airlift kosher foods to Wilmington for the holidays.

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Kosher Mart started on Independence Boulevard in 1990, the only full-service kosher market in the Carolinas. Before that, Jewish people in Charlotte had to band together and arrange to have products brought in. It’s still the only kosher market in Charlotte.

In 2006, Gleiberman moved to a small shopping center on International Drive, off Providence Road, adding a restaurant that served home-style dishes like brisket, corned beef and pot roast.

Kathleen Purvis; 704-358-5236.
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