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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region November/December 2015

Business Expansions and Openings

Amneal Pharmaceuticals, the seventh biggest maker of generic pharmaceuticals in the nation, plans to hire 300 workers in addition to the 800 already working on Long Island. The firm has large operations in Brookhaven and Hauppauge.


Purolator International, a freight forwarder with deep roots on Long Island has expanded in Jericho (Nassau County) instead of elsewhere in the metropolitan region. In exchange for up to $600,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits from Empire State Development, Purolator will hire at least 40 new employees, retain existing employees, and maintain those staffing levels through 2025.


WindowRama, a windows and doors retailer, will renew a lease at its Edgewood headquarters. In exchange for tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, the company plans to add six people by 2018 to its headquarters and warehouse staff, which totals 101. Records show they earn, on average, $50,851 per year, excluding benefits. Sales positions are expected to pay, after about five years, in the range of $80,000 to $100,000 annually.


Kim & Bae Trading (K&B Trading Corp.), a New Jersey hat distributor, is moving its headquarters to Port Washington (Nassau County) with help from a tax-break program from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. In return for the aid, K & B has promised to create 20 jobs by 2019; it currently has eight full-time employees and five part time. Records show they earn, on average, $35,000 per year. The project is expected to create 10 full-time equivalent construction jobs during the six-month renovation.


Quaker Sugar Co., a family-owned distributor or sugar, salt, and other food products, is moving from their cramped facilities in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to an industrial property in Hicksville (Nassau County). Quaker will be bringing 15 jobs to the Hicksville facility and that number is likely to double within a year or two.


Howard I. Shapiro & Associates, an engineering company that works on some of the world’s largest construction projects has decided to stay in Lynbrook (Nassau County), instead of moving to New York City where many of its projects are. The company advises builders on demolition and construction activities including the installation of giant cranes and derrick equipment. The company has 47 employees and records show they earn, on average, $136,000 per year, excluding benefits. In return for tax incentives from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, the Shapiro & Associates has pledged to maintain its work force and add at least five employees within three years.


The Bristal assisted-living chain is planning a $33.5 million facility in Lake Success (Nassau County), its 10th location on Long Island and the first to be devoted solely to the care of people with memory loss. The facility will also serve Bristal assisted-living chain as a research center for the nearby Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a unit of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency backed The Bristal with tax breaks. In return for the aid, the developers have promised to create 45 jobs by 2019. The jobs will pay, on average, $36,000 per year. Nursing care facilities typically employ nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses.


Roosevelt Field (Garden City, Nassau County) has announced the latest batch of stores that plan to open locations at the mall as part of its $200 million expansion and renovation. German-based MCM, short for Modern Creation München, will open an 1,800-square-foot store next month, marking its first Long Island location. The retailer specializes in leather bags, accessories, belts and shoes. Dune London, a London-based shoe store, is also making its Long Island debut next month, opening a 1,929-square-foot space. Other stores that have signed leases include Alex & Ani, jewelry and accessories; The Hat Club, casual headwear; T-Mobile; Verizon Wireless; Le Grand Optical; Footaction, athletic wear; Victoria's Secret teen-centric spinoff PINK; Clarks, shoes; Michael Hill, jewelry; and Marco's Authentic Italian Gelato.


North Shore-LIJ/GoHealth urgent care centers have been popping up across Long Island over the past year, now totaling nearly a dozen. The latest one opened in Roslyn, and a Levittown location is slated to open next month. There are five in Suffolk County.


Tritec, the Ronkonkoma Hub's developer, is ready to submit building-permit applications on the massive housing, retail and office complex and hopes to break ground early next year. When completed, the hub is expected to encompass about 50 acres, with 1,450 apartments and 545,000 square feet of retail and office space. The first phase of the project -- which includes 489 rental units and a sewage treatment pumping station -- is expected to take three years to complete and will create and estimated 1,260 construction jobs over three years and 145 full-time jobs.


Shake Shack and Chipotle are planning to open new restaurants in Lake Grove. Construction on the 3,000-square-foot Shake Shack, the 2,500-square-foot Chipotle and a 4,000-square-foot space for a yet unsigned cellular communications store is slated to begin in February 2016. Shake Shack already has two Nassau County locations opened—in East Garden City and New Hyde Park—and is building another in Melville. There are already 16 Chipotle locations on Long Island and another is planned for Selden.


Kilwins opened a new store on December 12 in Patchogue, the sweets chain’s third on Long Island. Michigan-based Kilwins, founded in 1947, offers handmade chocolates, fudge and ice cream. Its stores—more than 80 nationwide–are typically located in tourist areas, lifestyle centers and downtown shopping and dining areas.


Business Contractions and Closings


Bethpage (Nassau County)-based Briarcliffe College will close its two campuses and lay off all 294 employees by the end of 2018, according to school emails and a notice filed with the state Labor Department. The decision comes after the college’s Illinois-based owner, Career Education Corp., put the school up for sale about seven months ago but could not finalize a deal. The layoffs started December 7 as part of a “teach-out,” a gradual cessation of operations that will include the shuttering of the Bethpage campus in April 2018 and the Patchogue (Suffolk County) campus and online program in December 2018. Briarcliffe will lay off 171 workers at the Bethpage Campus and 123 at the Patchogue campus. Full-time workers will receive severance packages and transitional benefits.


(UPDATE) The Milleridge Inn in Jericho (Suffolk County) has found a new operator, sparing their 150 employees from year-end layoffs. Early last month, employees who held full or seasonal positions at the inn, including the establishment's village shops, were sent layoff notices in anticipation of the property's lease expiration at the end of the year.


(UPDATE) So far, 33 Long Island A&P stores have been bought or bid on, and five were closed in October, while 13 other stores remain unsold. Best Market has purchased nine locations and has pledged to make its best efforts to hire at least 25% of the former A&P workers. King Kullen recently opened in the former Waldbaum’s location in North Patchogue. They hired 79 former employees plus 30 from other A&P stores.


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