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Former Pizzeria Remains Vacant

The former Ricciardi's Famous Pizza has been vacant since early 2012.

Located at 2106 Hempstead Turnpike, the former Ricciardi's Famous Pizza has been vacant since the beginning of 2012.

Hal, owner of the adjacent Global Kitchen and Bath, said that since he has been in business, two pizzerias have opened and closed at the location.

"I have been here for six years and it has closed twice," he said. "Before pizzerias were there, it was a nail salon."

Arlene, an employee of the nearby Masters Auto Collision, said that she was told that another pizzeria will move into the location.

"I was told that it was going to be rented by another pizza shop," she said. "The person that is coming in has a good following."

Hal said that the vacant storefront is a tough one to keep open.

"It is not a good location for retailers," he said.

What do you think should open at the location? Tell us in the comments below.

Frank T September 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
To the editor. Why do you leave a comment with an ethnic slur on? Go to Executive Auto Collision review by "trench time". I flagged this as inappropriate for 2 days now and no response.
Danielle De Souza (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Thank You for bringing it to my attention. The comment has been removed.
Cathy September 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I don't understand why with so many vacant stores the town of hempstead gives the people who want to open a store such a hard time
det2659 September 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
It's all about the mighty dollar Cathy and just how far they can dig into your wallet. Legislators that think from the bottom of their bodies instead of the upper half. An over bloated bureaucracy that must be fed constantly. They seemed to have forgotten the KISS principle. Keep It Simple Stupid!! PS: Throw in some greedy rent gouging landlords also. If the landlords charged enough to cover their expenses alone then the store would stay opened. And that is my take!! Have a great weekend!
Frank T September 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
How did you determine that the "greedy" landlords are "rent gouging"? Is that the reason the pizza parlor closed? Maybe we don't need a pizza shop on every block. Maybe the food stinks. Look up the property records for real estate taxes and get back to me.
marianne krause September 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Listen Frank has it occured to you that maybe stores do not stay rented because of the rent and possibly all the overhead like LIPA perhaps the food is good or the products sold are first class but the owners have to cahrge outlandish prices just because of their overhead ? Instead of being so defensive (are you one of the landlords?) think! and again I say THINK!!!!!
Frank T September 22, 2012 at 05:16 PM
No I am not a landlord. Are you a tenant? You're the one being defensive. It's the responsibility of a new business to do the research and put together a business plan. There are so many vacant stores so tenant's should have more leverage than a landlord and should be able to negotiate a fair rent. If the rents are too high move on and find another location. East Meadow has too much retail space and the economy stinks that's why there are vacant stores. If a landlord is not renting because his rents are too high that's his/her problem. Once again opening up a pizzeria is high risk since there are so many existing and new shops in EM.
Sue V September 22, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I just have one word to write think about it before you reply "Sonic"
Sue V September 22, 2012 at 07:59 PM
one more thing "the hub"
Susan September 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM
It's a bad location. You don't see until you pass it. By the time you can make a U-Turn, you've come across other pizza places or places to eat. The pizza was just fair to begin with. I'm really not surprised that it closed.
Steven Wagner September 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Plain and simple.I wanted to try it but you have to slow down without getting rear ended first to see if you can park in the lot.If you can't park you just go right by and eat somewhere else.Once the owner and the help park there's nothing left
paul September 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hmmm, maybe the comment was factual....... What was it. I really would like to know...

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