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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region February 2016

Business Expansions and Openings

New York State is providing $6.6 million in funding to set up the Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center at Farmingdale State College (Nassau County), focusing on strengthening security at regional infrastructure and transportation systems and training students in related fields. The Center is expected to be fully implemented by 2020 with construction and maintenance of the new building expected to create 150 new jobs. Farmingdale State College plans to hire up to 20 teaching and research faculty over the next five years and to establish new research and academic programs, including graduate and undergraduate level courses and training programs.


The Islip Industrial Development Agency last week passed a $3.21 million inducement package toward the sale of the iconic Entenmann’s property in Bay Shore (Suffolk County). Its potential new owners, Suffolk County Industrial LLC of Melville, are looking to turn the 519,493-square-foot space into a two- to six-tenant industrial park for businesses in the food and beverage industry. They hope to close the $10.75 million purchase by March 1 and have tenants in by the start of the third quarter of this year. The new tenants at the anticipated park — to be dubbed Entenmann’s Corporate Park — are expected to bring at least 150 jobs to the area.


Island Eye Surgicenter has broken ground on a new 26,600-square-foot ambulatory surgery center in Westbury (Nassau County). Island Eye employs about 60 people and plans to add 20 more to its expanded facility within the next three years, Nelson said. There are 40 doctors who perform operations there.


In the spring, Broadway Mall in Hicksville (Nassau County) will welcome fast-food chain Chick-fil-A as a new tenant. The mall location is among at least three that the Atlanta-based fast-food chain plans on Long Island, including Port Jefferson Station and Commack (Suffolk County). The Port Jefferson Station location, the Island’s first Chick-fil-A, opened in October.


Ronkonkoma-based Island Estates began laying the groundwork for roads and utilities this month on a 39-acre parcel in Greenlawn (Suffolk County), where it will build 47 single-family homes.


Home Bay Trading, a discount-store wholesaler from Brooklyn, is planning to relocate its operations to Hauppauge (Suffolk County). The company is seeking assistance from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency for its move to Long Island. In return for Suffolk’s help, Home Bay plans to add 16 jobs to its work force of 12 within two years. Employees will earn, on average, $28,012 per year, excluding benefits.


Entourage Commerce LLC, a fast-growing distributor of health and beauty products, is seeking assistance from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency to relocate from Queens to Suffolk County. The company, now based in College Point, plans to add 175 workers to its payroll of 250 by 2018 as part of an expansion valued at up to $25 million. The company expects to hire customer service and sales representatives, marketing staff and warehouse workers as part of its move. Records show its workers earn, on average, $26,000 per year, excluding medical and retirement benefits.


Beijing Wuhuatianbao Glass Co. Ltd., known as WHTB Glass , a China-based manufacturer of architectural glass, is seeking assistance from the Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency to build a manufacturing and distribution facility in Shirley (Suffolk County). It would be the company’s first U.S. operation. WHTB anticipates employing 143 workers at the site, where window components shipped from China will be processed and assembled. Construction is expected to start in the fall.


Matchbook Distilling Company, a North Fork-based company, aims to locate its operations in Greenport (Suffolk County). The distillery expects to create 11 jobs in its first two years of operation. They would earn, on average, $40,363 per year excluding benefits.


Valley Stream Mazda (Nassau County) plans to spend $4.5 million to buy the land it sits on and to renovate a 15,500-square-foot building. Thirty-five employees will be hired and be paid, on average, $55,000 per year, excluding benefits. The payroll currently totals 13 people who will be able to apply for the 35 new positions.


Ecoclean Solutions Inc., a seller of cleaning products has revised its expansion plans in Copiague (Suffolk County) and will acquire two buildings instead of one. Ecoclean has doubled the number of permanent jobs it will create in two years to 10. They would pay, on average, $33,800 per year, excluding benefits. The company also will continue to employ about 10 independent contractors as sales representatives.


Two Suffolk-based manufacturers, Holbrook-based Gundy Power Coating and Bay Shore-based Snake Tray, are planning to relocate their separate operations to one building in Bay Shore. The companies expect to retain 35 jobs and create 17 more.


Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus opened to the public on Long Island on February 19 at the Roosevelt Field Mall (Nassau County). The store employs more than 150 people. Six new retailers will also be added to the two-level expansion wing anchored by Neiman Marcus. The new retailers include Tory Burch, Robin’s Jean, Suitsupply, JACHS New York, Zero Halliburton and TUMI.


Stew Leonard’s plans to open a second Long Island grocery store, in East Meadow. The 70,000-square-foot East Meadow store, expected to open in mid-2017, will be the chain’s sixth grocery store. Construction will start this summer. Once opened, the store will provide up to 400 jobs. Stew Leonard’s opened its first Long Island location in Farmingdale on Jan. 20, which also employs about 400 people.


Oakdale-based Giunta’s Meat Farms will open a new store in Northport (Suffok County). Giunta’s other stores are located in Lake Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Commack, Hauppauge, Farmingdale, Medford, Port Jefferson and Holbrook.


Best Market recently opened at the former Waldbaum’s supermarket in Great Neck on February 12. The store is one of nine Waldbaum’s and Pathmark locations on Long Island bought by the chain from the bankrupt Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. The regional supermarket chain opened the Shirley store on Jan. 15 and the Commack store on Jan. 27. They expect to open all the new locations within the next six months. Best Market will then have 25 locations on Long Island. As part of its lease purchase agreement, Best Market had agreed to make “good faith, best efforts” to hire at least 25 percent of each new store’s workforce from among displaced A&P union workers or offer them jobs at other locations. The Great Neck store will have more than 90 employees. Best Market said it is looking to hire 1,250 to 1,500 full-time and part-time employees for the new stores.


Two new ShopRite supermarkets recently opened in renovated locations formerly owned by bankrupt Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. One ShopRite opened in Bethpage on February 23 in a former Pathmark. Another, in Deer Park, opened on February 25 in a former Waldbaum’s. The Bethpage store employs almost 300 full- and part-time workers. The Deer Park store will employ 280. ShopRite also recently bid to buy the lease of the former Waldbaum’s in Massapequa.


Home Depot plans to hire about 900 part-time associates on Long Island and more than 80,000 nationwide as the home improvement retailer prepares for spring — the company’s busiest selling season. Permanent and seasonal job openings include positions for cashiers as well as sales and operations. Each of the 21 stores on Long Island will be hiring about 40 employees depending on need. More than half of Home Depot’s seasonal hires transitioned to permanent positions last year. Home Depot said it offers profit-sharing, tuition assistance, a 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan to part-time and full-time permanent associates. All interested applicants must apply online at


PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza company, is opening four franchises on Long Island with the first restaurant set to open in Syosset (Nassau County) in March. The other stores are set to open in the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream (Nassau County), the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park (Suffolk County) and on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge (Suffolk County).


The area’s Panera Bread franchisee plans to hire 500 employees for its 42 restaurants on Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Panera Bread restaurants currently employ more than 1,680 associates, offering starting pay ranging from $9.75 to $10.50 an hour. The chain is also looking for managers who must be at least 18 years old and have some “management/leadership” experience. Interested applicants can also apply for jobs online at


Business Contractions and Closings


Remy USA Industries, a Bay Shore (Suffolk County) automotive-parts manufacturer that has been winding down its operations since 2014, will close in May and lay off its 112 remaining employees.


K and L Green Operations, a 6-year-old Copiague (Suffolk County) home remodeling company, has closed on January 29, and is laying off its 40 employees.


Supermarket operator Stop & Shop closed its Freeport (Nassau County) store on February 11. All 91 employees working at the Freeport store will be reassigned to positions at other nearby Stop & Shop stores


The King Kullen supermarket in Northport (Suffolk County) closed on February 11. Employees are being offered employment in those stores. Oakdale-based Giunta’s Meat Farms will open a new store in that location.


Brach’s Supermarket in Lawrence (Suffolk County), one of the area’s largest kosher markets, will close its doors on May 1, resulting in 127 employees facing layoffs.


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