Residents who have come to rely on the Lynbrook Dairy Barn for their morning coffee, milk, eggs and other staples will only have to wait two days before the store re-opens under its new name and new management.
Jon Hill, the current daytime manager for the Hempstead Avenue store, told Patch that at the end of the business day on Saturday, Oct. 27, the store will cease to exist as a Dairy Barn as it becomes the latest drive-thru location to be purchased by The Barn.
"We are coming into Lynbrook on Sunday night and will be closed Monday and Tuesday to clean and do slight renovations," a spokesperson for The Barn told Patch. "We will be open [at] 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct 31."
Although the family-owned, Long-Island-based Dairy Barn has been in business for more than 50 years, it has been selling off its 16 locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties at a rapid pace in recent years to The Barn, which also dubs itself a Long Island family business.
"Many things people love about Dairy Barn will remain exactly the same," said The Barn spokesperson. "We will carry the same products and many of the same sales."
Albeit an employee at The Barn's New Hyde Park store said some of the items Dairy Barn once carried, including the milk by Oaktree Dairy, have been discontinued.
The Barn rep added, "We also carry a lot of new products like Pirate's Booty, Organic Milk, Honest Kids Juice, Chock Full of Nuts Coffee and much more. Mostly we added healthy on-the-go options to accompany the easy supermarket staples."
The Barn did confirm that it welcomed the current Dairy Barn employees, both full and part-time, to stay and work at its new Lynbrook store.
However, while Dairy Barn was a union operation, The Barn is not, so "pay-scale and benefits are completely different," explained Hill, who will be opting to stay with the Dairy Barn company but will be transferred to its Farmingdale location. The night-time manager, Jim, will do the same but will probably be sent to the Merrick Dairy Barn.
As for the rest of the part-time employees, The Barn rep added, "Many have reached out, so the answer is yes, you will most probably continue to see many of your favorite employees."
Patch first broke the news about the Lynbrook Dairy Barn closing Saturday. Click here for the original story.
Will you shop more or less at this Lynbrook store once The Barn takes over?