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UPDATE: Dairy Barn Takeover to Begin Sunday

Lynbrook Dairy Barn will re-open as The Barn on Oct. 31.

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?

BigIdeas October 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Will they still have pizza crumb cakes?
BigIdeas October 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I saw on the previous Dairy Barn / Barn story that they will have Pizza Crumbs! To bad the Patch can't link their main story to their updates. Comments on the subject are now spread among two stories. I'm sure a story as critical as the Dairy Barn to Barn conversion will have many more updates.
Tara Conry (Editor) October 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
There was a link to the original story embedded in this one, but I've made it easier for readers to find based on your suggestion (see bottom of story) but the comments will still be spread across both articles. As for the Pizza Crumbs, a list of products The Barn carries does include "Pizza Crumb Cakes" http://www.thebarnfresh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/BRO-SURE.pdf
BigIdeas October 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
That's a much better link, 'Told Patch' was a bit vague.
Lisa Pop October 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Doesn't matter. I won't be patronizing The Barn. Best of luck Jon and Jim. Captains of great service.
Brian Rosen DDS October 22, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Will give the new store a chance best of luck Jon, your smile and happy comments were very appreciated and will be missed!
Dawn Andrew October 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I have gone to other Barns under the new management and I been very happy. In addition to my guilty pleasures, they have healthy options for when you are pressed for time. They also have organic milk. The coffee is good too.
David Herrmann October 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Jon and Jim ... Best of luck. You will be missed. Your customer service was outstanding. You always had a smile on your faces. You always had a kind word. Thank you.
Jack Tulley October 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Jon and Jim your pleasant demeanor and great service will be tough to duplicate. Good luck in your new locations.
JOHN C. October 25, 2012 at 01:16 AM
john and jim should be honored for their kind service. i think we should get together and take them out to dinner. don't we tip our waiters-waitresses? their service deserves some attention. 2 great guys who served lynbrook and malverne residents exceptionally well.
Tara Conry (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
There will be a send-off BBQ outside the Dairy Barn in Lynbrook on Oct. 27 (the store's final day) beginning at 1 p.m. Jon, Jim and many other employees, past and present, are planning on attending.

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