092908jeffmarket.jpgJefferson Market, the neighborhood institution on Sixth Avenue near 11th Street, may be on its way out after almost eight decades in business. The Times has a preemptive obituary, pinning the imminent cause of death on competition from Whole Foods and Traders Joe's, regrettable management choices, and a new breed of locals. “A lot of these new families, with all this money, they don’t cook,” explains co-owner Louis Montuori, whose 87-year-old uncle Anthony Montuori "still rises at 4:30 a.m. to come to the store from his home in New Jersey and deliver groceries." Now Montuori is desperately seeking a new partner to pump some cash into the place, though he admits it's not really the best timing: “I picked the worst week in history to be looking for an investor.”