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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region November 2016

Business Expansions and Openings

Under Armour, a sports apparel and equipment company opened its second factory store on Long Island. The Baltimore-based chain opened at Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park in early November. Under Armour already operates a factory store at Tanger Outlets Riverhead as well as three other outlets across New York State. Under Armour is currently advertising for about 2 dozen positions in the NY metro area evenly split between part-time, primarily sales associates, and full-time positions including assistant managers.

Best Market, which has aggressively expanded throughout Long Island by taking over former A&P locations, has opened its new Oakdale store. The Oakdale store, which opened the first week of November, replaces a Waldbaum’s at 4560 Sunrise Hwy. The Bethpage-based, family-owned company operates 31 stores, 25 of which are on Long Island. In total, Best Market has opened 10 stores in former Waldbaum stores.

The new operators of the Nassau Coliseum have begun a search to hire 1,300 full- and part-time employees, ranging from account executives to ushers and cooks, to staff the arena when it reopens in April after 18 months of renovations. The hiring process will give first consideration to local Uniondale residents. AEG Facilities of Los Angeles, which will manage operations at the Coliseum, will hire account executives, box office ticket sellers, ushers and attendants to clean staff uniforms. AEG also needs workers to lay down the hardwood at basketball games and the ice at hockey games, install and remove the hockey glass, and to set up portable seating risers. Levy Restaurants of Chicago, which will oversee food services at the arena, will hire for a variety of jobs, including bartenders, servers, concession stand workers, cooks and dishwashers. While some positions, such as box office manager and ticket sales account executive, will be full-time, the hours and wages for most titles will be subject to collective bargaining.

RXR Realty broke ground in early December on one of the region’s biggest real-estate projects in the City of Glen Cove. The project, known as Garvies Point, will include 1,100 apartments and condominiums with park land and waterfront access. It will be built on a Superfund site where a factory produced munitions decades ago. A cleanup that began in the 1990s is nearly done. In addition to the residential units, the project includes a marina, restaurant, retail space, and commercial space. The project will be completed over a period of approximately five years. The primary immediate employment impact is expected to be 450 construction jobs which will last for the duration of the project. Upon completion in 2021, the project is expected to employ more than 200 at its marina, restaurants and commercial space. Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said the $1 billion project will bring in more than $800 million in new tax revenue over the next 40 years and add up to 1,800 residents to the city, which has a population of about 27,000. As part of the deal, the city agreed to issue $125 million in bonds to pay for public-infrastructure upgrades for the project, including park space and a marina. A portion of the property taxes generated from the project will pay back the bonds. Other communities in Long Island also are pursuing large real-estate developments. The village of Wyandanch in Suffolk County has plans for a 40-acre project in downtown. Developer Gerald Wolkoff also wants to build a 450-acre development in the hamlet of Brentwood which is also in Suffolk County.

A new ShopRite opened in Massapequa, at a former Waldbaum’s site purchased from the bankrupt A&P chain. The renovated 67,000-square-foot store at 5508 Sunrise Hwy. opened Tuesday and will hold a ribbon-cutting on Sunday at 8 a.m. ShopRite of Massapequa is operated by Buonadonna ShopRite, LLC, a family-owned and operated company that also runs ShopRites in Bay Shore and West Babylon. It will employ 175 full- and part-time workers. The Massapequa supermarket is one of four Waldbaum’s and Pathmark stores on Long Island bought by Wakefern from A&P.

Business Contractions and Closings

Students, faculty and administrators of the Culinary Academy of Long Island, based in Syosset, were informed that effective immediately all classes were canceled, and that the school would cease operations. The parent company, Star Career Academy, a New Jersey-based chain, said that the closing was “the result of the negative financial impact of a continued declining student population while operating in the challenging for-profit post-secondary school industry.” Star Career Academy previously operated eight campuses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. All of the schools, with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, have closed. Culinary Academy of Long Island was Long Island’s only private professional cooking school and had a staff of less than two dozen.

Entertainment One, a media content and distribution company, plans to close its operations in Port Washington and lay off 65 employees. The layoffs are slated to begin on December 31 and end in June 2017. According to its website, Entertainment One Distribution, also known as eOne, provides physical and digital distribution for independent record labels and studios and serves as an international aggregator for iTunes and other digital retailers.

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