It looked as if Black Friday came early to West Hempstead this week.
On the first day of National Wholesale Liquidators' return to Long Island, business was booming. The store, located on Hempstead Turnpike, was so busy that there was a line just to get inside from 9:30 a.m. and continuing into the late afternoon. The line of shoppers wrapped around the building, as they anxiously waited with carts and circulars in hand to begin their holiday shopping and stock up on household essentials.
The parking lot was packed throughout the day and inside the scene was even crazier as customers filled up their carts, browsed the three-level store and waited on more lines to pay for their purchases.
Tuesday's Grand Re-Opening at what had been the family-owned company's flagship store, also signaled their return to Long Island after the original company liquidated in bankruptcy in 2008. (They have other stores around the Tri-State area.)
"It's great to be back," Scott Rosen, whose family owns the store, told Patch. "We were happy to get this location back. We were trying for several years. It's a great community serve."
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who stopped by Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, said the business provides much-needed job opportunities for the area.
"This store will hire 125 people," he told Patch. "It replaces a 'For Rent' and 'For Sale' sign with a 'For Hire' sign."
Check out photos and our video report from the Grand Re-Opening above.