Seasons Baltimore Under New Ownership

The Seasons on Reisterstown Road is now owned by investment group BKM Holdings.

On Dec. 19, investment group BKM Holdings became the new owners of the former Seasons kosher market in Pikesville. Yossi Rubashkin, one of the owners of Meat Maven, a company that supplies kosher meats for the Seasons markets, is among the investors.

Though Seasons is a chain, the ownership change only applies to the Seasons in Pikesville. BKM Holdings plans to rename the store before holding a grand reopening at a to-be-determined date.

Seasons, based in Flushing, New York, announced its expansion to Pikesville in 2015, creating buzz in Baltimore’s kosher community, whose only other kosher market is Seven Mile Market. The Pikesville store opened in August 2017, but just over a year later, the store filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The chain as a whole was embattled.

“Seasons was in bankruptcy, and there were bidders and eventually most of the stores were bought. Baltimore was not one of those stores for whatever reason,” said Shalom Rubashkin, Yossi’s son and regional manager of Meat Maven, which had supplied kosher meat to Seasons previously. “Seeing that it was a good store — a clean, nice store — that was going to shut down was difficult. So the opportunity was there, so we got together a group of investors and put in an offer.”

If the name Shalom Rubashkin sounds familiar, that’s because Shalom is a nephew of Sholom Rubashkin, who was in the news last year after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence for money laundering. The former CEO of Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa — once the largest kosher meat processor in the United States — Sholom Rubashkin was convicted of 86 counts of financial fraud in 2009 and served more than seven years of his sentence before the commutation.

Shalom said there is no business relationship between the Iowa slaughterhouse and Meat Maven or its kosher beef producer, Tevya’s Ranch, in Uruguay.

“The Rubashkin family has three generations of experience in the meat industry and we wanted to bring that directly to the customer,” Shalom said.

Zachary Richards, general manager of the Baltimore Seasons, will remain in his position during and after the transition. Richards said that the Baltimore customers will see many of the same staff members.

“We’ll be working over the next few months to restore value to the consumer and really paring down our items so we’re able to maximize the value and savings for our customers,” said Richards.

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  1. If you stick to the facts, Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin was found not to have committed any illegal worker crimes at all, and all those charges fell away as not able to be prosecuted further. He was convicted on a charge not used since the 1800s which was committed (with bank permission) trying to keep his company afloat after overzealous prosecutors thwarted every chance to do so. This was not money laundering.

  2. I’m having a hard time buying the story that there is no business relationship between Shalom and his Uncle Sholom Rubashkin. They are in the meat and food industry and are the same family and they have (or had) no relationship? BS!

    Remember Agriprocessor? It’s the same family. Criminal mistreatment of illegal alien workers and violations of child labor laws. Very Jewish of them. A commutation by the Criminal in Chief, Donald Trump.

    This all smells like stinking rotten meat that the local press has abrogated it’s responsibility to uncover. Are you just taking their word?


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