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Former East Meadow Drug Store Remains Vacant

Realtor says no new tenants slated to move in yet.

Vacant businesses in East Meadow these days are almost a dime a dozen; however, while most empty storefronts suggest the collapse of a once-hopeful entrepreneur, sometimes they simply represent change.

About eight months ago, Prescription Headquarters, a pharmacy located at 1854 Front St., moved the business around the corner to 196 East Meadow Ave. and changed their name to B and H Compounding Pharmacy.

Since then, their former storefront has been on the market, and Cardinal Management is the realty company that has been tasked with the job of procuring a new tenant.

Barbara, a broker with Cardinal Management, said that the space is currently applicable to any number of business types.

“The store is 1,600 square feet, and the rent is $4,500 a month and that includes taxes and everything else,” she said. “The property is a plain vanilla box, it’s wide open inside and can be easily converted into just about any set-up a business owner could need.”

However, when asked if any prospective tenants has shown any interest in the location, Barbara’s reply was, “Not at the moment.” However, she remains hopeful that she will get the space filled soon.

1854 Front St. is located in a shopping center with several other stores, including AMF East Meadow Lanes.

Parties interested in leasing the space at 1854 Front St. can call Cardinal Management at 1-800-645-3470.

What do  you think should fill the vacant property? Tell us in the comments below.

Brent M. November 23, 2012 at 09:04 PM
East Meadow Buisness is on life support... Islanders are leaving.. Crime will go up.. and where is KATE MURRAY... probably at another photo op... how long till we can vote her out???
tj November 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
near impossible to make any profit there... I dont even know how the owner is holding up....I have friends with commercial property that has been in their family for 3 generations....Even with the Land paid off a long time ago....they either break even or lose money with 50 to 80 thousand dollar tax bills....
paul November 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM
It is nothing a bulldozer can't take care of.....
paul November 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Look what pops up for small business Saturday in East Maadow..... http://www.empirepawnofnassau.com/ Disgusting times we are in. A pawn shop..
Frank T November 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM
There are many bright spots. Sacramone's, Jake's Steakhouse, Sabroso, Yuzu, Mama Yogurt, to name a few. The Patch should focus more on new businesses in East Meadow and not what went out of business. That's a good shopping center but they over built as usual. The bowling alley has been there many years, along with Bagelicious and Margarita's.
kristin pappas November 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
You are returning home, and to your horror, you see that your house is on fire. Do you say, "Oh, well. Too late now! It was an old house, anyway...." OR do you immediately call the EMFD and until they come, do you run to the back, get your water hose and try desperately to put out some of the flames? It saddens me that so many store fronts are vacant and that businesses are going under. But I will not give up on East Meadow! All it needs is a spark of hope, which sometimes is misunderstood! ...we DO need something BIG to change things around! I may be wearing rose-colored glasses..but BIG names and BIG business may be our only salvation at this time.
Frank T November 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Kristin, I am not sure what you mean by some of your comments but we do have big names and big businesses ie Home Depot, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Marshall's, etc. There are just too many retail locations and this includes all of Nassau County not just East Meadow.
kristin pappas November 24, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Frank, I was thinking of perhaps rebuilding a new Movie Theatre (AMC/ Loew's) where the old Pearl Art store was last seen. Or even, a Toys R Us store at the same site. I suggest these 2 because the closest Toys R Us, as you probably know, is in Westbury. Also, I miss our old Movie Theater. It's Corporate Drive or Levittown whenever I want to go, now. Frank, I am not a real estate agent, and I do I claim to have any knowledge of what kind of business will succeed here, in East Meadow...but I feel, it must be something we don't have already, something with a NAME, and something that people will welcome. (Kids always want toys. :))
Rick Nocella November 24, 2012 at 04:03 AM
You know it's funny. People are complaining about vacant businesses in East Meadow. Sonic Burger wanted to come hear but they turned them down. If you want to build a business base you don't turn potential away.
paul November 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I know what Kristin is trying to say. But: Toys R Us as large store is on its last legs and would better be suited near a mall. A movie theatre will be turned away by neighborhood misfits... When Sonic wanted to open they were up in arms about traffic for goodness sake... ;o) The Island of misfits get what they deserve... Nothing of value....
Steven Wagner November 24, 2012 at 04:32 PM
There was an old time real Italian deli there when I moved to East Meadow 20 years ago.And even back then I remember the owner telling me that as soon as his daughter graduated college he was closing up because he could barely pay his rent! 4500 enough said.
Steven Wagner November 25, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Buffalo wild wings is opening on Merrick Ave by Houlihans.Not a peep.I gotta tell you.I have been to a few Sonics in Pennsylvania and they are neat and very well kept.And the food is good.
paul November 25, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Seen it.... ;o)
robert November 25, 2012 at 06:27 AM
While I am also rooting for Sonic, I sure hope that while you guys are waiting you are keeping Checkers alive, because in my opinion, they have some really good burgers, shakes and fries and a good BLT for a buck, and I would hate to see them go out of business.
Mike November 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM
It saddens me to learn, from reading the thread of comments above, that so many people believe that salvation will come to a towns dwindling economy if a big box retailer or a food franchise will open on main street. I also wonder if any of the comments above we're written by small business owners. It's highly unlikely. The economy is struggling because SBO's are going out of business due to the high costs of operating a business on LI. High rents, taxes, utilities, make it near impossible for an entrepreneur to survive today. Come on people...A good burger joint isn't going to be the great leveler.
J November 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
someone should open a descent thai restaurant, i'm surprised we don't have on in EM. Yuzu seems to be doing pretty well, so maybe a thai place could be successful. If somebody decides this is a good idea, I don't mean a sugar happy americanized place that doesn't know how to make anything spicy. By the way, if you haven't tried it yet, I finally tried Sabroso the other night near the EM library. I've never had Dominican food before trying this place although I have had many other hispanic cuisines. Anyway, I think this easily may be the best take-out type place I've tried in EM. It was fantastic. I can't stop thinking about their roast pork(Pernil).
Frank T November 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM
So your looking for a spicy angry asian place? I agree with you on Sabroso, the food is great and the owners are very friendly. The roast pork is probably the best dish but they also make great fried fresh fish dishes. To all of the complainers about lack of stores in EM go out and support places like Sabroso.
paul October 30, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Hmmm, perhaps a Hershey's Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee Café.....

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