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Malverne's Only Supermarket Shuts Down Again

After much back-and-forth, Associated shuts down Wednesday as chain seeks a new owner.

Almost exactly one month after the owners of the struggling in Malverne to close the Hempstead Avenue grocery store, they have changed their minds again.

The supermarket, the only one located in the village of Malverne, shut down Wednesday, but it might only be temporary. There were still items on the shelves, but the doors were locked and workers inside were waving customers away.

Among them were Ruth Santilla, an Oceanside resident who works in Malverne and regularly shops at the store. She was on her way to buy some milk and juices.

"I come in almost everyday," she told Patch. "I [also] buy bread, a lot of vegetables and meats. It's convenient, [the staff is] very courteous, prices were fair and everything is clean."

Santilla said she could have found some items cheaper at another store, but she'd have to drive further away.

Vivian Huber, a 30-plus-year Malverne resident, also valued the convenience of the store, which was five minutes from her home.

"I would run in a couple of times per week for bread, milk, and to see what's on sale," she said. "Their prices were a little high, but I understood why, you have to pay your rent."

In mid-July, Carlos Pichardo, one of the store's managers told Patch that the store was planning to close, but reversed the decision one day later after some residents pleaded with them to stay.

Pichardo had told Patch: "You have your loyal customers and people who stop in every now and then to pick up a couple of items, but you can't survive on that ... We probably held on to the store [longer] than we should have, but you can't just keep putting money into something."

But after meeting with customers and the management team, Pichardo said, "We're not going anywhere ... we sat down and decided, 'Let's try to push on and see what happens.'"

Pichardo could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but one of the men working inside the store, who chose not to disclose his name or title, told Patch the closure is only temporary. He said that Associated is working on finding a new owner to take over the supermarket and remodel it.

If they are successful, this would be while keeping the Associated name. He did not indicate how long the store would be closed. The last time this occurred the supermarket was shut down from December 2010 to March 2011, when it wasith a new look and new management. Before Associated took over the property, the grocery store was operated by C-Town for several years, and then IGA.

"We've been through four stores," Huber said. "Everytime you get another one you hope." 

jc108 August 17, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Instead of all of you complaining on a message board, how about showing up at the next village board meeting and voice your concerns directly to the mayor and village board. But every month it is the same bull, with no real issues being discussed. FYI, you can now download e-books from the libary!
Veronica August 17, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Teachers, school personnel, administrators are not town jobs. The town officials do not give them raises or vote for them to get raises. Police, public works, town jobs, yes. Usually everyone on a town board has money and they can obviously afford all the raises in taxes. They are made up of lawyers and policemen, etc. they try to keep the town the way it was and have no concern for adding something that could help. Influx of people from other areas, I,e,, Valley Stream is inevitable. As the older generation moves on they sell to anyone because they are not going to be here anymore. I say this because we have one particular person in our area that needs to sound proof their home so you don't hear the arguing and/or police from time to time. This also happened in my child's neighborhood as well it was a fabulous block, now inhabited by, what I call, low-life. Malverne is not immune from this happening. We seem to be getting off the beaten path. Traffic in Malverne stinks because of the lights.amazing that there is a traffic jam on a constant basis. Go to town meetings? Are you serious? What does that get everyone? I watch the meetings on the town channel. There is a lot of BS going on at them. Some people ramble, others are hushed depending on whether the Mayor and board want to deal with it. Traffic lights have been a bone of contention for some time now and NOTHING has been done about it or they claim nothing can be done. Some people are fearful of speaking up
Veronica August 17, 2012 at 01:42 AM
because they are on TV and can be made a fool of by the board if not those who have viewed them. Same goes for BOE meetings involving the school district. You all have no idea what the implications can be. Thus we use this blog in hope of someone of importance and power seeing it and actually doing something about it. Don't knock what can possibly make a difference, and maybe not at least people are saying what they feel.
Nobama2012 August 17, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Veronica please get off your high horse, you're the only one who knows what is going on according to you. High school degree? Democrat? What's your excuse? Nothing will ever change until the town hierarchy is gone
Melissa Pinto August 17, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I'm not crazy about associate or cross island ,but that doesn't mean I would celebrate stores closing,I don't like seeing stores close. My two favorite places to shop for food are Trader Joes,and the new Stop and shop on Atlantic in Oceanside .
Veronica August 17, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Ha ha, you are quite funny Nobama! You should be a comedian. I think you have missed your calling. You are too cute!
Clioscribe August 17, 2012 at 04:18 AM
The village NEEDS businesses, people who do not drive need a market. It is a shame the smaller markets cannot compete. I rarely shopped there because it seemed every time I did, I would get home and discover I had purchased moldy bread or ice cream that seemed to have defrosted and been re-frozen. Their quality was lacking.
Samantha Parkington August 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Clioscribe, I agree with the quality...I went in for a Perdue sale, and did not see said item, so went to speak to the manager/owner. He insisted that some other chicken was the Perdue on sale, reasoning that the store had a big bag of it, so opened that and made individual packages from it...never did I go in again. Any chance we can lure Mark and Allen back to re-open C-Town?
Clark Griswold August 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
The closing of this store highlights the need for the village to expedite the applications for new businesses. We have 2 pending applications for 2 new restaurants that are moving at a snails pace and now we have another vacant storefront. Not a formula for a vibrant business district.
Tom Grech August 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
What empty storefronts? Where? Cork N' Board being pitched for renovations, Tricolor underway, what else? Associated closed two days ago and already another tenant will give it a shot? In the last few years, the dump bar was converted to a law office, the empty building next to the Transmission place was totally remodeled and Assisi Vets spent a small fortune renovating their space....WHAT EMPTY STOREFRONTS? WHAT GHOST TOWN? You want Dunkin Donuts, go to Lynbrook.
Jason August 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
You can bet your bottom dollar this village and all the others in the surrounding area are dying a slow death. Those empty nesters who supported the villages are sick and tired of the lack of leadership and unconscionable taxes. They are either dying or moving out in expedient fashion. This is why the property values are dropping annually as they just want out! Our young too are not sticking around either staying in the towns they graduate from or moving to the new yuppie NYC areas. You can also be sure the village leaders will jump ship and leave the spoils for the next bunch of cronies whose only concern is for the padding of their own pockets as no accountability rears its ugly head in politics over and over and over unchecked. My wife and I too are fed up recently buying property in Delaware,waterfront property w/ taxes only $700 annually as all school taxes are removed at age 65. Even w/ the taxes are $1200 annually.no sales tax no ss tax and no pension tax. Roads smooth as silk and not a speck of litter?? Beaches sparkling? The same goes w/ NC SC Fla and many other areas. This my friends is where the future is!
Clark Griswold August 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I don't want the chain outfits in here either. Unfortunately, the corporations have gone into the pizza, coffee shop, bar and just about every other business that used to be all Mom and Pops. They won't stop until they put the shoe shine boys out of business too.
Arena August 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Amen, Amen, Amen. With You on that 110%.
Nobama12 August 18, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Veronica you are a democrat which means 1 thing, you're clueless and make up stuff.
Nobama12 August 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Jason you sound like an intelligent person unlike 95% of the clueless people here who just make unrealistic comments. Several towns across Long Island have lousy local governments who tax and tax to fix their problems. I'd like to see many of the local governments end up like the some of the places in California and have to declare bankruptcy, then we can get out of all the union contracts and hire competent people.
Veronica August 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Actually Obama, I'm not a Democrat, so you are the one who is clueless! I'm not even sure you are real or worth the effort to respond to your nonsense. You just assume and you know what happens when you assume. Get a life, please?
anne limoli August 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hoorah for Arena. You hit the nail on the head. They were very accommodating owners, polite & respectable. They truly treated you well when you went into Associated. Most Malvernites do not support our village businesses. They cannot keep the doors open with the milk and bread customers. I also have a lot of sympathy for the people who do not drive and the elderly. I also want to add, yes the prices were a bit high. However, if we run to Best Yet and wherever for sales, what makes you think Whole foods will be a bargain?
Jason August 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The push is on in congress to override these unconscionable contracts which ultimately will happen with whoever wins. Bankrupcy is an option., however, a constitutional amendment is more likely. Obama particularly is pushing for this which even as an Obama hater I applaud him here.
Christian Gourdin August 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
y'all are funny. Let's face it, nothing is going to change, and that's what makes Malverne great, that's why we live here. For some peace and quiet in this crazy-crazy world we live in.
Arena August 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Lets face it, the one thing, the only thing that will change are the taxes they will just get higher and higher and perhaps some more nail salons (which are as useful as a fork in a blizzard).
icarumba August 20, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Jason's friday post hits the nail on the head.The supermarket situation is just the tip of the iceberg. villages like malverne have to stop thiking that its 1950 and everyone shops on main street. what is going to happen when the costs associated (pardon the awful pun) with an incorporated village are no longer affordable? what do you give up first? the cops,or the dpw,etc etc? we in all our local communities-not just malverne but rvc.lynbrook,etc are going to have to make some very difficult decisions in the not too distant future. they wont be easy to say the least.
Arena August 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
icarumba You are absolutely right - and it is only going to get worse. Difficult decisions will have to be made and soon to keep what is essential for the residents in order to lower the taxes (which I doubt very much will ever happen) or use Nassau County services which is the only alternative - unless things change drastically. We can only hope and pray that it will come to a successful conclusion for all concerned. Arena
Jason August 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
We can start w/ bumper stickers sent to village residents encouraging residents to vote out all incumbents as well as vote down school budgets annually! The merchants assoc should begin the charge as they are the first to suffer! It's not as far fetched as one may imagine?????
Jason August 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM
In unity there's strength....... We have to encourage voters to get out there in November as well as Mays school vote! Out with incumbents! All the slugs MUST GO! We need new sensible blood.
PHD_IN_ECONOMICS August 21, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I agree with Jason here, we should get rid of these people. They are not good at all, just liars and self absorbed people who pass horrible laws.
PHD_IN_ECONOMICS August 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Likely nothing will ever change. Just reading some of the comments on this forum, most of the people here have little common sense to make anything worthwhile occur. Starting with this Veronica person, please just close your mouth already, ignorant must be your middle name. Peter you are another one who makes little to no sense. Maybe the 2 of you can sign up for some classes at Nassau Community, but likely won't happen cause you'd need at least 5 brain cells to do that and neither of you have any.
Veronica August 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Now you have me really laughing. Seems to be that there are a bunch of comedians here. I sure hope you don't really have a PHD IN ECONOMICS because then I know you must have gotten it out of a Cracker Jack box. You have the nerve to call other people ignorant and making no sense? I'm going to be the first one to stand by waiting and watching you loud mouths who are going to get rid of people in office with your bumper stickers and voting. Where were you when they voted these people into office this last time? We should take a few courses at NCC? I sure hope that you come with us and while you are at it, take some courses how not to be a loser. I have my doubts that you are anything but a heckler who gets off on starting trouble just for trouble's sake. You probably don't even live in Malverne.
PHD_IN_ECONOMICS August 21, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Like that other dude said Veronica you are the know it all of Malverne. You are the all knowing citizen, did you invent the internet too just like Al Gore? Seriously Veronica, just like Obama I want to see your papers, high school diploma, etc....I can't wait till Labor Day comes, then back to grade school for you. Maybe your parents will splurge next Summer and you can go to camp to be with your peers instead of causing trouble and saying stupid things here.
Veronica August 21, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Idiot!
Freedom of Speech August 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
It sounds like Veronica agrees with PHD in that Veronica is an idiot!

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