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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region February 2017

Business Expansions and Openings

A new and expanded cancer center will be established on the main campus of South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside to consolidate the institution’s treatment services, which currently are spread throughout multiple South Shore sites. The hospital is the largest health care provider in its region of Long Island, but until now has not begun harnessing its cancer care under one roof. The hospital’s Gertrude and Louis Feil Cancer Center is in Valley Stream, but other components of its cancer care are provided on the main campus as well as in Rockville Centre. The project will involve remodeling an existing wing of the hospital to accommodate treatment services, including chemotherapy infusion, over a 36-month period.

A new Sonic Drive-In restaurant opened in Valley Stream. The new Valley Stream Sonic, located at the Green Acres Mall at 750 West Sunrise Highway, opened to the public on Febuary 20 and is the second Sonic to open on Long Island. The first Sonic was opened in April 2011 on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon by the same franchisee, Harrison, N.Y.-based Cinos, which also has plans to open another Sonic in East Meadow later this year. A fourth Sonic is planned for Nesconset. Cinos plans to eventually open six Sonics on Long Island. Fast food establishments typically employ 50-100 people.

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings, announced the opening of its new Bassett Home Furnishings store located in Garden City, N.Y., in Nassau County. Bassett currently has 90 store locations across the United States including 10 stores in the New York Market Area. The 19,000 square foot Bassett Home Furnishings store offers customers complimentary decorating and design consultation. Bassett is leveraging its customization capabilities by dedicating space in the store for design solutions for dining, upholstery and bedroom. Domestic custom manufacturing capabilities make it possible for Bassett to offer quick delivery on custom products. A typical Bassett store employs about a dozen workers.

A fast-growing manufacturer of labels for the cosmetics industry dropped plans to move to North Carolina, saying it would expand in Hauppauge. The owners of Precision Label Corp. in East Farmingdale said that it would remain on Long Island, minutes after the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency offered them $332,000 in tax breaks over the next 10 years. The incentive, which includes a property-tax savings of $221,000, will support the company’s proposed expansion in Hauppauge. The $6 million project would protect 30 jobs and create seven more in two years. Precision employees earn, on average, $68,000 per year, excluding medical and retirement benefits, records show. Precision produces labels for leading cosmetics brands including Sephora, Mary Kay, Revlon, Cover Girl and L’Oreal. The 27-year-old company is in the midst of a growth spurt, increasing sales by 40 percent in the past three years and adding eight employees.

Whole Foods has leased part of an industrial site in Garden City that’s slated to be converted to a retail center. The grocery chain plans to open a 50,000-square-foot store at the 6-acre property on East Gate Drive that currently contains a vacant 47,500-square-foot former Pepsi bottling plant and a 27,200-square-foot warehouse for Staples, which the office supply giant still occupies. The property’s owner, Manhattan-based Midwood Management, still needs to get approvals from the Town of Hempstead for the redevelopment, which will include a 5,400-square-foot pad site that’s still available for lease. Whole Foods, which signed a long-term lease with renewal options, is hoping to start construction on the store in 2018 and plans to have it open in 2020. The Garden City industrial property is across the street from the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, a 330,000-square-foot retail center that opened in 2012 on the 22-acre site of the former corporate home of Avis Rental Cars. Whole Foods has three Long Island stores in Manhasset, Jericho and Lake Grove, with another on the drawing board for Commack.

Business Contractions and Closings

Hummus maker, Sabra Dipping Co., plans to shutter its Farmingdale plant which manufactures a Greek yogurt dip, the company confirmed Monday. It employs 22 people. The plant is scheduled to close June 30, but most of the workers will be laid off effective May 16. The employees will be offered transfers to other Sabra factories located in Virginia where hummus is made, and in California, where the company makes salsa. If the workers choose not to transfer, Sabra will provide severance, career counseling and job-placement support. Sabra was founded in 1986 in Queens but relocated most of its operation to Virginia in 2010.

Construction of an 11-acre retail and entertainment complex next to the Nassau Coliseum is on hold as Nassau County and arena developers consider a new plan for the site that could include housing. Nassau County officials began examining housing after the Empire State Development Corp. approved an $85 million grant in October for construction of two parking garages on the Nassau Hub site. The garages would have 3,400 spots and free up 19 acres of blacktop, originally designated for surface parking, to be used for housing. Town of Hempstead zoning for the 77-acre Hub allows for up to 500 housing units, including affordable units. The delays mean that until at least mid-2018 there will probably be no restaurants, stores or entertainment options around the arena, which is scheduled to reopen in April after a $130 million renovation.

 

 

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