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Malverne Grocery Store Still Vacant

What would you like to see open at the former Associated site?

When Malverne's only supermarket shut down in mid-August, an Associated rep told Patch that the closure would only be temporary as the company was in the process of finding a new owner to take over the business.

But more than two months later the grocery store is still closed. The store's leftover inventory was donated to the non-profit Rock and Wrap it Up! The shelves now sit empty and a "For Lease" sign rests in the window.

The Malverne-based Newman Realty is listing the 9,000 sq. ft. fully-equipped property, which is adjacent to San Dee Lanes bowling alley, for $15,000 per month.

Before going out of business on Aug. 15, Associated had struggled to stay in the village. The supermarket had closed down in December 2010 also but re-opened in March 2011 under the same name but with new management. Prior to that, the grocery store was operated by C-Town for several years, and then IGA.

What would you like to see open here? Another grocery store or something else? Tell us in the comments section.

T.J.W. October 26, 2012 at 04:01 AM
We feel that store is huge building. It would be nice to have many stores, the door should be open to the public- off the parking lot. (vertically) .Malverne is a wonderful town , but the residents need a place to do food shopping on a daily base & for the last 20 years the super market has always been a challenge. stress free is the name of the game , so they should cut that building in 4 ways or even 5 different store rentals & make a few stores ( Starbucks, Supermarket, Citibank & SPA for the ladies of' course!!!!) the rent is huge & the air conditioner alone i'm sure was a huge expense. It's freezing even in the winter.....the staff even wore there winter coats but the late hours where a plus & the staff where all so sweet..... its out of hand with just one store there & the rent pulling 15,000. a month.... crazy !!!!!!!!!!!
phil from lynbrook October 26, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Tim you are the latest in a long line of angry critics about the Village & the schools. Why not move to Rockville Centre.My sons both gratuated from the "awful Malverne Schools" Both graduated from well known out of state colleges & now have wonderful jobs & families. They did it with hard work & a minimum of whining
Peter Robideau October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Yes, $15,000 per month is a lot for 1 business to pay for. It's apparent that this village will not support a grocery store. Everyone complained about Associated prices and that was why they weren't shopping there. Now they're complaining about an empty store. Pick a side people - what are you willing to support? I didn't mind pay a few extra bucks a week to have the convenience of a grocery store in town, but obviously there aren't enough Malvernites that feel that way or Associated would still be open. Whole Foods? Whole Paycheck... lol.
Gina Genti October 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
The village did support a grocery store for many, many years until the economy tanked. That coupled with a narrow inventory is what killed it. At least that's my opinion but more importantly what's to happen now-if anything?
Gina Genti October 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
TJW I think that your scenario was the original plan for the Tri Color space. That never happened. The Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins that might have gone there ended up on Ocean Ave in Lynbrook

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