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Sayville Chamber Polling Members on Target Proposal

Downtown commerce group wants storeowners' feedback on how to respond to big box store project.

The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce is asking members for input on the proposed Target store project and states Islip Town made "no effort" to contact the group or notify them of the public hearing held on the proposal last Thursday by the town planning board.

In the email letter sent out Thursday morning, Chamber President Bill Etts writes that he welcomes comments and concerns.

"Please share them with me and I will try to take what action I can to if not stop at least delay the process if possible. Please send me your input," states the letter. Business can email Etts at sayvillechamber@aol.com.

As Patch reported Wednesday town planning officials are likely to greenlight the retail store plan and stated that the economic impact to the local business district isn't a issue given that the zoning remains the same.

Reaction to the proposal, on Patch's Facebook page and the story comments indicate most residents are relieved the flea market is closing but aren't so unified on the proposed store. Many would rather see a boutique food retailer such as Trader Joe's.

Patch will have a story later today on residents' responses. Readers who would like your comment to be included can email Patch at judy.mottl@patch.com or comment below.

Ben Vitale October 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I agree! Trader Joe's.
Ed Horcrantz October 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thank Islip Town for breaking promises. The new administration promised no new taxes and sold their bill of goods to the local chamber that they were friends of small business. Well Sayville....are you happy now?
BayBlue1 October 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM
The Target is going to impact Kmart and Stop and Shop more than any downtown business. I can not imagine that anyone that already shops on Main Street Sayville is going to switch to Target. Putting in CVS stores and Walgreens every 1/2 mile does much more damage.
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Linda E April 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I welcome the new Target. I am not able to afford shopping in many of the stores on Main Street and I feel there are many others in the same boat. We have many tourists who frequent Main Street and I don't think the Target will change that either.

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