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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.

Brenda Gio October 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I agree with the idea of a specialty supermarket like Trader Joe's, which is absolutely nothing like the low-end supermarkets we have seen recently. I absolutely do not agree with the idea of spending tax money constructing or supporting playtime for teens. Teens leave on weekends to visit friends? Fine. If their parents want a safe social environment their parents are welcome to provide it. There is more than enough money invested in children in this school district.
Mike Walters October 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I suspect an auto parts store might do well. The nearest "real auto parts" are out in Hempstead.
Peter Robideau October 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Trader Joe's will NOT come to Malverne. I spoke with 2 of their reps and they are not interested due to proximity of other Trader Joe's and lack of parking so let's move on to other ideas. Maybe if they split the space and rented it to two businesses that would do well in a small village? Obviously it's tough for any supermarket to succeed here given the history of the property. I'm happy that Tara is asking people what they would like to see there, but the more important question is: "What are you willing to support in that space?"
Thomas Tulp October 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Gina - just where do you think all the money for this stuff will be coming from.
Gina Genti October 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Thomas the money would come from the tax base obviously and perhaps some federal or state grants.
Sharon Hughes October 25, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I would love to see Trader Joe's in this spot...I'm sure it would do very well, although, parking may be an issue. I was one of the few who supported Associated as I shopped there at least 3 times per week. I miss it terribly and would love to see another store like it there.
Jason October 25, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Thanks Mike, It would be a blockbuster and a improvement here. At least it'll survive instead of always closing their doors as a supermarket.
Jason October 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Gina Gina Gina, We want to increase the tax base not decrease it? Unless you feel Malverne is taxed too low?
Gina Genti October 25, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Jason i pay $5000 in village tax. I would pay more for an activity center for my kids. My village tax gets me police and dpw. Most neighboring villages provides a rec center to its community except us.
Your neighbor October 25, 2012 at 01:41 PM
...Next time try English. Your post makes no sense whatsoever.
DPS October 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I agree with Gina. We pay similar taxes Village taxes, and I'd kick in a few more bucks if we could have rec center. It could mean more business for the bowling alley, movie theatre, Angelo's, Scoops, and the diner. Maybe a new business or two takes root in order to capitalize on the increased traffic. Most importantly, we keep our kids close by (maybe even a job at the new center), and offer our seniors a chance to get to out of the house for activities, health screenings, and so on. Look, the cost of living is not going down, and we are all going to pay more to live here. The average property tax bill in Nassau County is about $8,500. Compare that to what we pay to live in Malverne, and ask yourself if the difference is worth moving. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. We all have to make that decision for ourselves. The goal should be to get the highest level of services and best value for the taxes we pay. Empty buildings don't get us there.
Tom Grech October 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
The rent is $15,000 a month....A MONTH! Whoever has thoughts of moving in there needs to sell plenty of donuts, wiper blades, tea bags, whatever to just break even.
Tim Harris October 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
My school taxes are $9,000 and my 2 children never attended the awful Malverne school district, thank god! Lakeview has enjoyed using our schools and it's a disgrace. 98% of all Malverne pays for private school. Now we don't have a supermarket and that's another disgrace. We NEED a supermarket! Malverne is starting to look old and empty on the weekend. It's very sad to see!
DPS October 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Tom is right. Exactly why is untenable for any business to think about locating there. Even if - a big IF - the landlord kicks in a fair amount of $$$ for leasehold improvements (which would take the business owner off the hook for gutting / re-modeling costs) $15K in rent + salary/benefits + working capital for inventory = a really big nut to clear each month before turning a profit. Unless, of course, we wouldn't mind paying $11 for a cup of decaf coffee.
Tim Harris October 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
My total taxes are $16,000 and I have a child in college for $50k and another in private school for $8k. My house isn't a mansion. We both work our butts off just to survive on LI. The Malverne building dept. treats you like a criminal if you want to do anything to your home. This town and Long Island are a JOKE!
Gina Genti October 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I love Cross Island-except on Sundays!
Gina Genti October 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
If you want to pay for the rec center the village officials could consider a new commercial tax code. Currently our merchants, many of which are not residents, enjoy a very favorable tax rate-it's the same as the residential code. Just a thought.
Tim Harris October 25, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Great, a rec center, so we can have people hanging out on the streets. Are you crazy? It would create more problems than you could imagine. Smoking, drinking, drug use, fights, etc. An independant market has to take a chance again, hopefully.
Tim Harris October 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
GG- it's people like you who shop at Cross Island that helped close Associated. Malverne has to support the market, period, or it will never survive!
Anne October 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
What about a Starbucks or DD they don't require a lot of parking - at least these places are kept clean!
Tim Harris October 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Anne- when was the last time you saw a 9,000 square foot Starbucks or DD? What is wrong with you people. This is Malverne! These chains need FOOT traffic!!!!!! People don't come to Malverne as a destination location. It's a convenience location for the residents of Malverne.
Katrina M October 25, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Since Trader Joes can be ruled out, maybe Whole Foods Market if they would consider a smaller location. Both of their locations in Nassau county are more on the north shore.
Tim Harris October 25, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Katrina, no large Supermarket chain will move to Malverne. They don't just open a store because it's empty. It's empty and failing for a reason. There is too much competition in the area and people have many, many choices. Key Food on Ocean Ave., Pathmark on Franklin Ave., Best Yet on Dogwood, King Kullen on Sunrise in Rock Center, and Cross Island Market. The rent is high and there isn't enough $$$ flowing through the registers! These chains do thorough geograhic and demographic research before opening a location. This location has been failing due to increased competition for close to 10 years now. Very sad situation for Malverne.
Kellie October 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Mr. Harris this was to be a venue for suggestions, not vitriol. A store such as Jandi's or a smaller version of Whole Foods would be great. I've always been an advocate for a community center. Camp can be held there (revenue raised) and Saturday programs for children and Seniors . It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes civility. Have a safe Halloween everyone.
MomB October 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I agree. We have no rec center nor do we have a pool and the nearest pool won't give us a village price. How about an all purpose general store. That carries all the basics that people would be buying...milk, bread, meats, fruits, liquor, home repair items, cosmetics, medicine, etc?
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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