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Empty In Farmingdale: Former Waldbaums Remains Vacant

42,000 square foot property remains "an eyesore" according to residents.

Main Street in Farmingdale is currently blighted by several boarded-up businesses, but of the departed merchants, none are quite as glaring as the Waldbaums formerly located at 450 Main Street.

Closed in April, 2011 after parent The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company had declared bankruptcy and announced the liquidation of 32 of its Tri-State area stores, the former Waldbaums has remained a silent, empty husk; it’s once bustling parking lot now continuously empty.

“It’s an eyesore,” said Melissa Goulden, who was walking through the lot to the greeting card store at the far end of the shopping center. “I used to come here to do my shopping all the time, since I live local and don’t drive. Now it’s just sitting there taking up space, and it looks horrible.”

As for what kind of business she would like to take its place, Goulden’s choice was as immediate as it was obvious.

“Another supermarket, of course,” she said. “Then I wouldn’t have to hitch rides to Stop and Shop.”

Cal Ruffalo has a relative who lives in the nearby Hardscrabble Seniors home on Main Street who used to walk to Waldbaums for their weekly food shopping trip when it was open.

“Now they have to rely on rides from myself and my sister to get any shopping done,” he said. “It’s a shame...Waldbaums was ideally situated for a great many members of the community. The fact that it closed down was a pretty big blow to a lot of people, especially the seniors.”

Ruffalo’s vision of an ideal replacement business for the large, vacant property was, again, predictable.

“It’s the perfect location for a Stop and Shop, or some other supermarket,” he said. “Plus, the increased traffic from such a place would almost certainly help boost local business as well.”

As for possible plans for the former Waldbaums property, calls put into the building’s landlord were not returned as of press time.

Lunchbox May 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
They should relocate the post office to the old waldbaums. This would free up some parts of traffic on main st and will free up a whole lot of parking spaces behind the fire house where they park there trucks now, to allow more parking for shoppers.
John Dugan May 29, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I really like ALLthe above ideas!! Perhaps in the mean time the Village could negotiate use of the parking lot for a "green or farmers market" Now is the time!!
kim May 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
BRING BACK WALDBAUMS!
nicole m May 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
a clothing store would be great - maybe a marshall's or tj maxx.
Jeffrey Lee May 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Exactly the building already has the loading docs. It would free up the parking in the village lot. They might not even need all the space of the building so there is your clothing store ! The old post office well that would become yet another bar/restaurant.

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