Miami…Although well decorated with holiday lights, Harding Avenue in Surfside appeared crowded with Jews looking for one of the many eateries that have opened here in recent years. The latest newcomer on the commercial strip is The Grove, a chain of independent kosher stores owned by Solomon Goldman that already exist in Southfield Michigan, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Hollywood. Goldman’s first store was the former Hiller’s Supermarket store in Southfield. Then it was the 15,000 square foot Grove Kosher Supermarket in Boca Raton, the former 11,000 square foot Glick’s in Delray Beach (which is now glatt kosher), then Hollywood and now Surfside. The latest store is a former Kosherland where The Grove is planning a major expansion and has already doubled the size and added several major sections.
The expansion of The Grove in Surfside is yet another sign of the shifting kosher presence in South Florida. The former popular Arthur Godfrey Road kosher presence in Miami Beach has been in somewhat of a decline as much of the activity has shifted to Surfside. The 41st strip still has 2 major kosher stores, including Kastner’s, a popular pizzeria, Lenny’s, a kosher restaurant and several other small kosher stores.