More on GG Buyer
The 5TJT has some background on the new buyer of Gourmet glatt:
As I noted below, I have been informed that Gourmet Glatt is back under the hashgacha of the Vaad. I have been informed that the Vaad will be reinstating the Hashagacha as of January 8 January 2. I wish the new owners the best of luck.
After protracted and intermittent negotiations, the Gourmet Glatt Food Emporium was sold on Tuesday to a small group headed by Henry (Yechezkel Shraga) Kauftheil of Brooklyn. The sale will clear the way for the return of kashrus certification of the store by the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns. The total sale price is purported to be between seven and eight million dollars—a complete buyout of the business from its former owners, the Bolender family.
In a wide-ranging phone interview with the Five Towns Jewish Times on Tuesday morning, Mr. Kauftheil emphasized that his objective is to get past the bad feelings that have plagued much of the Five Towns community due to the dispute between the Vaad and Gourmet Glatt, and to restore Gourmet Glatt to its position as a leading kosher supermarket. He added, "Our goal is to make Gourmet Glatt a showcase kosher supermarket unlike any other." The Kauftheil group, which owns the kosher.com name, has big plans for the store and the web address, which they believe will ultimately serve kosher consumers around the world.
Mr. Kauftheil says that his interest in purchasing Gourmet Glatt began long before there was even a hint of a kashrus crisis in Cedarhurst. He had been hoping to purchase the makings of a world-class kosher food emporium and had seen the Gourmet Glatt facility as possibly providing such an opportunity. The dispute with the Vaad has both complicated and sped up the purchase process. Mr. Kauftheil is hopeful that all details of the sale can be finalized shortly and that the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns can resume its kashrus supervision of the store within the next few days.