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Pathmark Landlord Says New Large Business Will Fill Property

Geoffrey Serota said that four grocery stores and other anchor tenants are interested in opening in the Pathmark building.

This week, Pathmark managers announced that the store will close in May, but the landlord of the 80,000 sq. ft. property said that a new large business is well on it's way.

"I am very positive that a new supermarket or a large anchor tenant will be coming to that property," Landlord Geoffrey Serota said. "We are meeting with four different supermarkets and we are working very diligently to fill the property."

Serota, along with his father and brother, are the owners of the Pathmark Marshalls Shopping Center, also known as East Meadow Mall, and built it 35 years ago.

"Now that Pathmark is leaving, we feel better about it because they have not been operating properly for the last few years," he said. "And I want residents to know that Marshalls has no intention of closing."

Serota said that the grocery store closed because it took on too much debt, it was not operating properly and it was in direct competition with the nearby Waldbaums. Both Pathmark and Waldbaums are owned by A&P.

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Serota said that he plans to do a complete renovation of the property and will "de-mall" it. Businesses such as a gift store and a barber shop are located within the Pathmark building.

"We have no intention of getting rid of those businesses and if they plan to stay we will move them to another part of the shopping center," he said. "We are going to redo it and give it a facelift."

He said that a new business should be open in the Pathmark building in 2014.

"It's going to take some time," Serota said. "We are in the preliminary stages right now."

A new dry cleaning store is also set to open in the East Meadow Mall this year.

Serota said that he cares about the East Meadow community and business owners and that he has no intention of letting them down.

"We believe in East Meadow and this is a great area," he said. "We feel very positive about what's coming." 

What would you like to see open in the Pathmark building? Tell us in the comments below.

Joanna G August 31, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Well...if he has someone lined up, plans have to be drawn up, approved by the TOH and whoever else, approved by all parties, financing must be found etc. etc. I just hope this is actually in the works or are we going to be left with another eyesore like the KMart shopping center in Levittown. I'm all for freedom and all that, but at some point owners of commercial property have to do something with the land they have or they should forfeit it. Sell it to someone who WILL do something. I believe that with great freedom comes great responsibility.
Jeanne Shea Herring September 06, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Joanna, Do you want to work together with me to make improvements in East Meadow?
Jeanne Shea Herring September 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Can you message me on facebook?
grace lopez December 01, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I just posted this link to Ed Mangano's fb page. This issue of homelessness is one that needs more attention than just shuttling the person from place to place. The person needs help and the community needs protection. If you have time please comment on the post on his page. Thanks

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