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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region August 2015

Business Expansions and Openings

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, starting in 2016, will be the subject of a $4 billion demolition and rebuilding project — to be done by a private-public partnership initiative (P3). Approval for the start of construction is expected to be announced in early 2016, with the goal of completing most of the work by mid-2019 — opening it to passengers — and having a final delivery date 18 months later. The first half of the work will take 39 months to complete, following the groundbreaking early in the new year. The first half of the project is expected to create 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs.


The construction of a new state-of-the-art hotel at JFK International Airport in the historic TWA Flight Center is expected to begin next year. The new LEED certified hotel will include 505 guestrooms, 40,000 sq. ft. (3,716 sq m) of conference, event and meeting space, and a 10,000-sq.-ft. (929 sq m) observation deck. The redevelopment of JFK’s TWA Flight Center Hotel is being undertaken by a public-private partnership between MCR Development, JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Work is expected to break ground next year, and open in 2018.


Land Tek, an Amityville construction firm which builds athletic fields and facilities, is moving to Islip with help from the town’s Industrial Development Agency. The company will invest almost $6 million in its new site and will add 30 more jobs to its current payroll of 225.


Grove Realty Enterprises, the owner of the 228-bed Grove Hotel in Cherry Grove on Fire Island, plans to replace the buildings which were destroyed by a fire in March with two new buildings, totaling 13,600 square feet, in a project estimated at $3.56 million. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed by May 2016. The hotel, which had eight full-time employees and 40 part-timers, expects to employ 10 full-time workers and 44 part-timers within two years of its re-opening.


The Hauppauge-based Northwind Group has applied for tax breaks with the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency on a planned rental apartment development in downtown Port Jefferson. The project calls for demolition of buildings that were vacated five years ago and construction of two 35-foot high, three-story residential buildings with 52 one- and two-bedroom residences at market rates. The plan has conditional approval from the Village of Port Jefferson and is projected to generate two new permanent jobs and 150 construction jobs across two years.


Penn Fabricators, a Yaphank-headquartered manufacturer of quartz kitchen countertops, has applied for a $625,000 payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program with the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency to construct a 30,000-square foot building in Medford. The $5.3 million project would allow the company to expand operations and add 10 additional jobs to its current roster of 73.


The federal government has agreed to give Nassau County $27 million in grants to build new police station houses in Hewlett and Bethpage to replace existing buildings that officials say are outdated and vulnerable to major storms. Construction of the two precincts' station houses would begin in October and be complete by June 2017.


(Update) Nassau County plans to sell a five-acre parcel next to the Nassau Coliseum to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for $6.5 million to build an outpatient treatment and research facility. Under a contract submitted to the county legislature, Sloan Kettering will spend $140 million in private funds to build a two-story, 105,000-square-foot medical center to provide chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments. The facility, which would have about 250 employees, will replace Sloan Kettering's cancer center in Rockville Centre, which has 80 workers. Sloan officials said the 80 workers would transfer to the new center. Construction is expected to take 18 months, with the building scheduled to open in 2018 when Sloan Kettering's lease in Rockville Centre expires.


Lorraine Gregory Communications, a Farmingdale-based marketing and communications firm, is set to expand operations in Hauppauge after the Islip Industrial Development Agency approved the company’s application for tax breaks on a new facility. The company, currently with 52 employees, hopes to grow to 66 employees by the end of this year, and up to 88 at the end of 2016


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has opened a new real estate office in Port Washington. There are now 16 CBRB offices with more than 750 sales associates in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties, according to a company spokeswoman.


Teq, a Huntington Station-based distributor of educational technology, has landed an agreement to be the exclusive distributor of hardware and software made by Smart Technologies to schools across New York State. Teq, a privately owned company that has 153 employees, has been expanding after rebounding from a contraction that started in 2012, as schools cut back on technology purchases. The company plans to add between 25 and 30 employees in the next six months.


More new high-end retailers are coming to Roosevelt Field as part of a renovation and expansion project of the mall. Since September 2013, Roosevelt Field has been undergoing a $200 million face-lift that will add up to 20 high-end retailers to the new wing, including Long Island's first Neiman Marcus, expected to open in February 2016. Some of the coming stores will open this fall; the rest are slated for early 2016. Jo Malone London, The Frye Company, Furla, and Montblanc will be opening this month. Jonathan Adler, JACHS, Allen Edmonds, and Le Pain Quotidien, a European-style café will be opening in November.


Department store chain Macy's has opened an off-price store called Macy's Backstage in the Melville Mall on September 2 and will open an additional location in the Lake Success Shopping Center on September 19. The Melville location employs about 45 people.


A new retail strip center is finally rising in Manorville, nearly 15 years after it was first proposed. Manorville Square is slated to open this fall and has signed its first tenant, Carlo’s Pizza and Ristorante, which is taking 3,000 square feet.


A Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille is slated to open in East Meadow next month. It will be the Maryland-based chain’s second Long Island restaurant, following one that opened in Franklin Square in 2013. It will have seating for about 300 patrons and be staffed by more than 100 employees, according to a company statement.  

Business Contractions and Closings

(Update) The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has notified the state Department of Labor that 4,732 employees in its 45 Long Island supermarkets will likely be terminated as early as November 12 as a result of store closings and store sales. A&P announced separately last month that 472 workers could lose their jobs between Oct. 19 and Nov. 1 when it closes five supermarkets on Long Island. On Long Island, the employees affected currently work in 28 Waldbaums and 17 Pathmark stores. However, it’s likely that many of the employees at the stores eventually sold to other grocery chains would be retained. A&P is seeking to sell 271 of its 296 stores, according to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing and it will close its other 25 stores not offered for sale. Among the 25 stores being closed are Waldbaums stores in Carle Place, Oceanside and Riverhead, and Pathmark stores in Baldwin and Centereach. Last month, the Stop & Shop chain agreed to pay $146 million to acquire 25 of the stores. The Long Island stores included in that bid are Waldbaums in East Hampton, Southampton, Baldwin, Massapequa, Long Beach, and Huntington. Long Island Pathmark stores in the deal include stores in Seaford and Franklin Square. Key Food plans to take over two Waldbaum's locations on Long Island, in Albertson and Glen Head.


The Sears parts and repairs center in Melville will close in November, resulting in 31 employees facing layoffs. Employees at the drop-off center repair appliances, electronics, fitness equipment, and lawn and garden equipment. 

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