Owner of Westside Markets in the East Village says he made the claim in response to a recent local news report about the food market.
The Westside market opened in April 2018 and has attracted the attention of the New York City Department of Health, which has declared the market a public health hazard.
“I am deeply sorry for any upset this may have caused our customers, and I am very sorry for my staff, our customers and our community,” the Westside president, Scott Stumpf, said in a statement on Thursday.
“I want to make it clear that the West Side Market is an amazing and very unique store.
Our food is top quality, our staff is extremely friendly and we have excellent customer service.
This is the first and only time that a West Side store has been placed on the Health Department’s public health watch list.”
Stumpf added that he was not aware of any health concerns surrounding the West side market.
“We have never received any complaints of health issues or any other health concerns from our customers,” he said.
The department has said that there is no direct link between Westside and the obesity epidemic, though the store has reported some health problems, including sore throats and vomiting.