Former Work Apparel Store Remains Vacant

The space at 1948 Hempstead Turnpike once housed WorkNGear.

The building at 1948 Hempstead Turnpike that once housed WorkNWear, a retailer that specializes in work apparel and footwear, has remained vacant for more than three years.

The empty space, that is located in East Meadow Plaza, sits between Payless and North Shore Fitness.

Larry Samuels, owner of North Shore Fitness, said that he would like to see any type of business open.

"Anything that would be positive to East Meadow would be good because anything is better than a vacant store," he said. "I wanted to see the Sonic open in the plaza because I thought that would benefit East Meadow also, but that did not happen."

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Ruthie Spencer, an employee at the nearby Beach Bum Tanning Salon, said that she would like to see a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts in the vacant space.

"We have so many places to eat and the convenience of a coffee store would be nice since we open at 7 a.m., when none of the other businesses are open," she said.

Peter Bruce, manager of said that he believes that a specialty store could do well in the plaza.

"There is a pretty wide range of stuff here, so a specialty store that sells name brands could work," he said.

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

Lisa Macko January 22, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Bagel Shop would probably do well there.. bagels, coffee, newspapers.. few tables.. could be a nice, quiet lunch spot
J January 22, 2013 at 03:44 AM
give ruthie a break, she probably has too much UV on the brain.
paul January 22, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I have the greatest comment of all: Some your comments indicate that you have no idea where anything is located in the area..... Just an observation......... a bagel store a dunkin donuts.... wow that is deep thinking..... I guess intelligent life as we knew it left the Island years ago, or maybe it was never present.. Just saying... Sorry I very seldom give breaks.....
J January 22, 2013 at 04:09 AM
you could walk through the tunnel from this vacant spot into the pathmark plaza and be at a bagel store within 30 seconds after leaving the tunnel. Technically by walking a bagel store is closer then the dunkin donuts on the other side of Home Depot.
paul January 22, 2013 at 04:29 AM
As per the question: What do you think should fill the vacant property? I think a "RUTHIE SPENCER: would be a great addition to the plaza...... Does anyone agree??????? LOL


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