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East Meadow Pathmark to Close

The general manager of the store, which has been in East Meadow for more than 30 years, says that it will close on May 4.

Another major business will be closing its doors in East Meadow.

Pathmark, which has been on Front Street for 35 years, will shutter on May 4, according to Craig Peters, the general manager of the store.

"It is being done because of business decisions," he said. "The company decided to shut it down."

Nearby business owners were shocked to hear that the market will close.

"It's horrible," Jody an employee at Bagel Biz said. "This is known as the Pathmark Marshalls Center. "It's like this all over Long Island. Anytime you go to a mall it is filled with vacancies."

Other businesses that are located inside the Pathmark building, such as a barber shop and a card store, may suffer due to it closing.

John Delassandro, owner of Elite Cards and Gifts, said that he may have to shut down his business when Pathmark closes.

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"I have been here nine years and I get my business from Pathmark customers," he said. "I will not survive without Pathmark and unless they put another supermarket there I am done."

Pathmark first opened in East Meadow on Oct. 8, 1978. The store currently employs 110 people.

"Most of the employees will be moved to other stores," Peters said.

In less than six months, big businesses such as Zorns and Hooters have closed in East Meadow.

Delassandro said that it is more than a poor economy that are causing storefronts to shutter.

"I believe that it is due to competition and the rents being so high," he said. "It's rough."

What are your thoughts on Pathmark closing? Tell us in the comments below.

Brent M. March 07, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Well I still hope Sonic still comes!!!
paul March 30, 2013 at 02:02 PM
The East Meadow Pathmark will soon be a memory. They have already started liquidating ALL merchandise and have closed off sections of the store... It may even be sooner than the original date projected..... No new product, limited items, no stock, etc... My guess two more weeks BYE BYE...
Jerry April 03, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Your 100% correct. Iv'e been going to Pathmark for 34 years. never a problem with beggars or the like. East Meadow is the best town on the Island; great neighbors, great schools, great parks, great restaurants, we have a Home Depo, a Hospital, and we are close to the north and south shores. Whoever goes into the Pathmark location, will be very lucky. I hope it is a food market.
Jerry April 03, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Iv'e been going to Pathmark for 34 years. never a problem with beggars or the like. East Meadow is the best town on the Island; great neighbors, great schools, great parks, great restaurants, we have a Home Depo, a Hospital, and we are close to the north and south shores. Whoever goes into the Pathmark location, will be very lucky. I hope it is a food market. One of the current main problems is the economy. For the past one or two years or more E.M. (and local communities) have not been hit too hard. But things may now be changing for the worse. People aren't spending like they used to. I travel to Los Angeles and Santa Monica on occasion. You should see all the for lease signs on store fronts for the past 2-3 years. Some very high end locations are like one block ghost towns. But the population there is different than our small neighborhood populations here. A small hickup here can caus havoc on small neighborhood businesses. Lets do what we can with the money we have and hope for better things to come.
Thegreatone April 03, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Jerry I think you need to get your eyes checked this town is getting overflowed with beggers and bums that are living in the park. Its time that the overpaid NCPD does there job and cleans it up!!! They are killing our property values and harrassing hard working people that would love to see East Meadow thrive again
Jeanne Shea Herring April 04, 2013 at 02:37 AM
The owner of the Pathmark property says that he's in negotiations with a store the town will really like. He told me it will not be Trader Joe's or Whole foods. He said we will really love the produce though. I hope this is the truth.
paul April 04, 2013 at 03:24 AM
To Jeanne: As I once stated the owner has no reason to tell you anything..... Whether it is true or false. A business decision first will be one that will do well because it will benefit them too.
Jerry April 04, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I agree, the police can usually be found at Eisenhower Park., huddled around each other with a Dunken Donut. Why work if your getting $100,000 a year, and almost impossible to get fired. Our property taxes are way to0 high causing many of my neighbors ( neighbors for almost 50 years) to flee to other states. How can one pay $12, 000.00 a year in property taxes for a modest home, $3,000.00 for heating fuel a year, plus, plus, plus, on social security. Yes some savings, but not enough to cut it for most people. A new leader must rise up and curb gov't perks and salaries, an then lower property taxes. But, alas, we take it in the shorts, and have a major discussion about a fast food place like Sonic. If I lived near a proposed Sonic, I would not want one near me for the obvious reason. And the only benefit to a fast food place is the taxes that are collected by the government to keep their high salaries and perks.And I'm not just talking about police. My wife and I pay $3,000.00 per month for private health insurance with a $2,500.00. annual deductible. I didn't work for a business or gov't entity to provide me with the perk.Why should I provide a gov't worker with a lifetime pension and medical , resulting in very high property taxes. Just because they work for the gov't. BULL. Get you own insurance. I'm payng your salary. Find your own perks like other none gov't workers. Slash salaries in half. There will be plenty of takers.And better quality workers
paul April 04, 2013 at 04:40 PM
To Jerry: You have drank way way to much of the water from the tap. Sorry to hear about your misguided understating about life and how it works in general. One option is to stop drinking your tap water and get a check up from the neck up. You really are a lost soul. May you heal and get well...
Jerry April 04, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Paul, as a gov't worker, you can afford to buy water in plastic bottles.
marianne krause April 04, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Paul? quick question why is t that anyone who makes a very valid agument you have to come back with some child like responce? ok maybe 2 questions why is it that you think you are the only one with anything valid to say? I have come to one conclusiion reading this patch that i am so happy i live in a part of East meadow where most are not as petty and condesencding as a few of you here on the patch are. What it must be to live a life of such rightousness (for the grammer and spelling nazis please excuse my spelling)
David April 04, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Paul. don't you ever tire of repeating the same stupid comment over and over again?? All you have to do is cut and paste it from article to article. Same song over and over again. Yawn.
Rebecca April 05, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Gah! I'm sick of people complaining about government workers. Those government workers deliver your mail, plow your street, fix your potholes, keep your drinking water clean, and a host of all sorts of things you don't even realize. They perform very necessary services, and just because you're jealous that you didn't choose the same path in life they did, that's no reason for you to think slashing their salaries will lead to anything but more people needing public assistance. Not that there aren't cops who don't deserve to be cops. But darn it - stop complaining about hard working government employees. You have no clue how hard they have it, especially these days.
Jeanne Shea Herring April 05, 2013 at 01:30 PM
This site could be such a constructive site. It's a shame that certain people use it to be sarcastic and make fun of peoples ideas. This is our community. If we all put our heads together we can make this town a better place to live.
Jeanne Shea Herring April 05, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I have a question? What do you think would be a great business that could be put in the old modell's supermarket.?
gep April 12, 2013 at 03:09 PM
the area where sonic would have been built could not have housed the traffic flow .between the home depot and the other stores and the 2 nite club. plus another fast food joint will just bring more undersireable people
David April 12, 2013 at 06:29 PM
gep, do you REALLY think that only "undesirable people" eat fast food?? Do you meant to tell me you've never been to McDonald's or Burger King?? Unless you are strickly kosher, I highly doubt that. What a disgusting comment to make!!!
gep April 13, 2013 at 06:38 AM
dave, you need to read the comment , i said it will bring more undesirable people, i didn't say only undesirable people eat fast food, and yes when i was younger i ate fast food , haven't touched that stuff in 15 years.. if you saw the news when the deer park sonic opened there were 3 mile lines to get the fast food and fights allover the place. East Meadow already has enough fast food places 2 burger kings, McDonald's and Wendy's that not counting the pizza places and diners all within a mile and 1/2 on hempstead turnpike
Brent M. April 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
@Jerry.. before you bash Cops.. why dont you stop and think.. why do you pay a custodian over $100,000 to clean a school... why do some teachers get paid $90,000 and our children still fail yet they get 2 months off a year.. why does the TOH have public safety making $70,000 a year and you only need a 1st grade diploma to get the job.. before you start bashing cops only maybe you want to start looking at a few other people first.. and yeah I pay into my own salary too as well as large property taxes too...
paul April 13, 2013 at 03:29 PM
To Jerry: "My wife and I pay $3,000.00 per month for private health insurance with a $2,500.00. annual deductible. I didn't work for a business or gov't entity to provide me with the perk.Why should I provide a gov't worker with a lifetime pension and medical , resulting in very high property taxes. Just because they work for the gov't. BULL. Get you own insurance. I'm payng your salary. Find your own perks like other none gov't workers. Slash salaries in half. There will be plenty of takers.And better quality workers" One question: WHAT???? You chose to live here. Sounds like you want a free ride. Are you a democrat? Have you called JOE4OIL? Do you keep voting for Kate Murray? You refer to benefits for some workers as perks. Do you know how silly that sounds. It is called contracts and negotiations...
paul April 13, 2013 at 03:37 PM
To gep: You really have no clue as to what you are talking about regarding Sonic and traffic. Perhaps you do not remember when Home Depot opened up it was chaos. Just like any other business when it is a new arrival it will and SHOULD be very busy. I would love to see that. You know nothing or less than nothing about traffic patterns or for that matter what businesses are good for a neighborhood or the economy. I suppose that when and if the Burger KIng closes new Newbridge road and wants to become a Dairy Queen you will stand out there protesting how dare you open another fast food place in EM. All the traffic and tie ups on the TURNPIKE, which by the way is what it was designed for. Nassau community college has classes on economics 101, perhaps you shoud enroll...
EM April 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
still keyboard warrioring paul???
Rebecca April 13, 2013 at 07:44 PM
gep, so what do you mean by "undesirable" people going to Sonic? The way I see it, the undesirable people are already at the two nightclubs next door. Go protest them, get them to close.
David April 13, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Oh believe me gep, I totally understood your comment. You said Sonic will bring more undeseriable people to the shopping center. You implied perfectly that "undesirable" people eat fast food! In case you don't know, Sonic is a FAMILY-type restaurant. But the 2 night clubs and the bar, which I have no problem with whatsoever and I'm just making a point .... they don't?? I'm sorry but I think you have it backwards. Sonic would have cleaned up the shopping center.
Brent M. April 14, 2013 at 02:41 AM
gep. sounds alot like BILL ALDERMAN... comparing the sonic to the one in Deer Park.. and yes.. have you stepped into Callahans on a saturday.. undersirable people.. ??? plus Aura is dying.. there is nobody there on saturday... plus zacharys.. waste of money.. besides arent they opening a new home depot in levittown so wouldnt it ease the Belt Pkwy traffic that gep seems to think occurs here..
paul April 14, 2013 at 06:17 AM
To Brent M: I have wondered the same thing. I am torn between gep and EM. Which one is really "endorsed by no one"?????? Perhaps both.......
gep April 19, 2013 at 05:21 PM
hi paul and brent , if you been to the home depot in east meadow on the weekends especialy in the summer you have to watch out you dont get run over if your walking or hit if your driving, i agree with you with the bars when i was a kid i saw plenty of fights in the parking alot near zachary's and buttles. what i do for a living includes studying traffic patterns and that would create even more traffic jams on hempstead turnpike, I came out to east meadow a couple of weeks ago and couldnt believe how long it took me to go from front st to tri-county flea market. as for sonic being a family-type restuarant, just like burger king near the park, when i was visiting i went in there , there were more homeless people in the restuarant then everyday people, and brent home depot owns the old k-mart property, if you from levittown youll see what happens in months to come.
gep April 19, 2013 at 05:29 PM
paul are you a politician?
paul April 19, 2013 at 07:50 PM
To gep: Lets just say that I can be the voice of reason....
Brent M. April 20, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Yes Gep.. but doesnt the Lights and Pattern of Lights also have something to do with the traffic patterns..?? Certain time of days yes traffic heading east in that area is horrible.. but also isnt there a significant amount of lights that arent coordinated together in that area that contribute to the traffic?? ..and the Home Depot needs to coordinate better where there garden center is.. you have people parking where ever and walking whenever they want.. it has lawsuit written all over it

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