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Pathmark Landlord Says New Large Business Will Fill Property

Geoffrey Serota said that four grocery stores and other anchor tenants are interested in opening in the Pathmark building.

This week, Pathmark managers announced that the store will close in May, but the landlord of the 80,000 sq. ft. property said that a new large business is well on it's way.

"I am very positive that a new supermarket or a large anchor tenant will be coming to that property," Landlord Geoffrey Serota said. "We are meeting with four different supermarkets and we are working very diligently to fill the property."

Serota, along with his father and brother, are the owners of the Pathmark Marshalls Shopping Center, also known as East Meadow Mall, and built it 35 years ago.

"Now that Pathmark is leaving, we feel better about it because they have not been operating properly for the last few years," he said. "And I want residents to know that Marshalls has no intention of closing."

Serota said that the grocery store closed because it took on too much debt, it was not operating properly and it was in direct competition with the nearby Waldbaums. Both Pathmark and Waldbaums are owned by A&P.

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Serota said that he plans to do a complete renovation of the property and will "de-mall" it. Businesses such as a gift store and a barber shop are located within the Pathmark building.

"We have no intention of getting rid of those businesses and if they plan to stay we will move them to another part of the shopping center," he said. "We are going to redo it and give it a facelift."

He said that a new business should be open in the Pathmark building in 2014.

"It's going to take some time," Serota said. "We are in the preliminary stages right now."

A new dry cleaning store is also set to open in the East Meadow Mall this year.

Serota said that he cares about the East Meadow community and business owners and that he has no intention of letting them down.

"We believe in East Meadow and this is a great area," he said. "We feel very positive about what's coming." 

What would you like to see open in the Pathmark building? Tell us in the comments below.

J February 20, 2013 at 03:44 AM
I see lots of stuff, but i don't have the means or know the right people to take care of stuff. You seem to claim that you took care of quite a few things. Today you mentioned the grafitti on the rita's building. Several weeks ago you mentioned how you were able to get the internet cafe stopped. Either you are overstating the amount of responsibility you should be getting for these things, OR you know how to get things done that I have no clue how to even start. You claim you know what is going on with Sonic right now, but how do you possibly know that. You say it isn't dead yet. but why?. How do you know that a mexican restaurant is coming to always closing singh restaurant group location?
paul February 20, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Lets just say if I needed a title I would be a troubleshooter that gets results.... I meet with people/groups and network as well....
paul February 20, 2013 at 04:22 AM
http://www.fuegopicante.com/ https://www.facebook.com/FuegoPicante http://fuegopicante.com/index.html Happy to assist you.... ;o)
Brent M. February 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I also think alot of the Graffiti is want-to-be Baby G's.. alot of copy cat stuff and alot of the young kids being stupid... everyone knows the old Rub BBQ.. Kansas City Smokehouse.. FIsh place and whatever is coming next WILL NOT succeed.. Jeanne is right..we need to come together
Jenn February 20, 2013 at 01:00 PM
J - you also could have simply gone to Singh's website and seen on the front page that they are opening a new place: http://singhhospitalitygroup.com/
paul February 20, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Incorporating East Meadow? Getting your own police? and more nonsense.... Do you folks think because you try to do this a magical fence closes in East Meadow...????? Crime, graffiti, vagrants etc have no boundaries...
Brent M. February 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM
No.. but come on Paul.. Response times would go down.. its more Town oriented policing.. its just an idea.
J February 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM
this morning on my way to work, i noticed there was a shopping cart full of stuff in an alcove on the Eastern side of Hooters. Probably a homeless person living in there. What can i do about it? I got absolutely no clue. But I guess by telling Paul it will be fixed. I'm curious, what is going on with Sonic, you mentioned it wasn't a dead issue. What is going on with Zorn's and 24 convenience store and hooters? It also occurred to me on Monday that somehow Homegoods rather have opened in Hempstead then in a location such as Pearl Paints which would have been a nice location for it. It really makes no sense in Hempstead because the Rockville Centre location is just a few minutes away down Peninsula blvd. If there was a Sonic, a legitimate business like a Homegoods might have considered the Pearl Paints location.
Frank T February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Yes, if we only had a Sonic all of East Meadow's problems would be solved. What do you work for Sonic. Enough already with Sonic, let's move on. In regard to homeless living in Hooters call the police. Call Norma or Hudes. If you see something report it.
Brent M. February 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM
You could call the county.. he is trespassing on private property.. but they will just move him along.. back to park probably... Who knows ask Paul.. he knows all
paul February 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM
What disturbs me most is the Sonic issue. Yes Frank Sonic will not solve the rental issue. But the disgust of the NIMBY's, and the how dare someone want another food chain here as well as the oh my gosh Sonic will cause so much traffic. They only wish that were the case. So all in all Sonic would have been a step in the RIGHT direction. It is the people in the community that are self centered and selfish looking to spend other peoples money to have a say at what should be built. A while ago someone said it best whoever the landlord wants to rent too. I will add to that "As long as it is a legitimate business and one can be proud of".... No more no less.... Yes there was supposed to be pay for play type of gambling establishment to open in East Meadow Plaza. The landlord probably didn't even realize it... I caught it before it got off the ground. Why don't you call the number in the window and ask the renter who is stuck in a lease what happened. Maybe he will tell you maybe he wont...... He is trying to rent it out because he can not open his type of establishment... He is now stuck at the moment...
paul February 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Homeless at Hooters. Easy to look into. If you see something say something. To many do have their blinders on... Any other issues?
paul February 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM
It is an interesting idea. Non the less not sure what the end result would be.. I have a hunch it would not be positive.... I think the suggestion was made thinking that would make things different..... Just saying that some are SOOOOO NAIVE...
J February 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
A. i don't work for sonic. i've only had it once in Georgia and didnt really like it that much. The portion was small and i was still hungry. There was a chick-fil-a across the street and i tried that for the first time that day too. Now that is a damn good chicken sandwich. But i do realize a business like that is going to attract people to spend their money in east meadow. B. there were rumors that Home depot was interested in moving down the road to levittown. if sonic was there and something opened in the pearl paints more people would shop in that plaza and home depot might not think about leaving. its not that sonic solves the problems but maybe it might encourage another business to move in pearl or the 2 big vacancies right across the turnpike
Brent M. February 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Nice argument Paul.. I am still waitin for Mr. Bill Alderman , where are you.. a huge huge Anti-Sonic citizen to come here and remind us all again of his arguments.. lol
paul February 21, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I will tell you all that I ran into another HUGH NAYSAYER of Sonic, and they have nothing but regrets for being a fool. Not sure why they confessed but stupid is as stupid does..... They shall remain nameless for now. But the audacity to sit and argue that Sonic is a terrible business for their precious East Ghetto, oops I mean Meadow. By the way, Hooters is secured all around the building. No vagrants in sight. Just thought I would let you all know.... Who knows, they may be there when I leave... Don't worry about the one lonely shopping cart in the rear of the location it just may disappear sooner than you think...
paul February 21, 2013 at 01:47 AM
So Jeanne Shea Herring, what have you done for the Meadow or any other area? Just asking... ;o)
paul February 21, 2013 at 01:52 AM
To J: As you stated about Chick-fil-A......: "But i do realize a business like that is going to attract people to spend their money in east meadow." Really, and Sonic would bring in ZERO $'s........ Wow here we go everyone telling everyone else what is needed WITHOUT thier own money... AMAZING... It is almost like a Coney Island freak show on Long Island.....
J February 21, 2013 at 02:07 AM
sonic is going to attract people to spend their money, SONIC!
Brent M. February 21, 2013 at 02:12 AM
alot of people would love a Chik-Fil-A.. but what was the argument people posted? Paul you must know.. was it something with Religion or something?? I forget.. What about a Jamba Juice or a Yardhouse?? Yardhouse restaurants are expanding huge in the east.. great food.. great music.. great clientel.. not one has closed yet at any location.. Im just brain storming.. dont kill the messanger
J February 21, 2013 at 03:10 AM
i think there is a big misunderstanding. I'm not saying that there should have a chick-fil-a there(although that would be awesome) i'm saying i don't work for sonic and i actually didn't even care for sonic the one time i had the food there. All these other companies haven't showed interest in East Meadow, But Sonic did and NIMBY type people scared them away. Yardhouse would be awesome, BUT i absolutely do not see them fitting in here in East Meadow.
Frank T February 21, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Chic a fil or Sonic would not help Home Depot draw customers. If anything the opposite would be true. The old Pearl paint building is falling apart that's why nobody is interested in moving there. The roof leaks and windows are broken. The landlord milked that property for years and has not put a dime into that property. A tenant would have to invest a huge amount on renovations. That's why Home Goods went to Hempstead. They are in a new building with sufficient parking. Don't forget about Zachary and the other nightclub stranglehold on the parking situation.
Rebecca April 13, 2013 at 07:53 PM
These comments are a little old. But I too want to know: What the heck is wrong with a firefighter training facility?!?!?! Are firefighters now, also the "undesirable" crowd?!?! Why would you FIGHT that?!?!?! SMH.
Vicki August 30, 2013 at 03:49 PM
PLEASE UPDATE THIS STORY
My Thoughts August 30, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I agree -- I mean basically the landlord said that he had some things lined up......WELL??? Where are the new tenants that we were all gonna love so much????
Jeanne Shea Herring August 30, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Mr Sorrento told me that nothing was going to be happening for at least 8 months.
Joanna G August 31, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Well...if he has someone lined up, plans have to be drawn up, approved by the TOH and whoever else, approved by all parties, financing must be found etc. etc. I just hope this is actually in the works or are we going to be left with another eyesore like the KMart shopping center in Levittown. I'm all for freedom and all that, but at some point owners of commercial property have to do something with the land they have or they should forfeit it. Sell it to someone who WILL do something. I believe that with great freedom comes great responsibility.
Jeanne Shea Herring September 06, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Joanna, Do you want to work together with me to make improvements in East Meadow?
Jeanne Shea Herring September 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Can you message me on facebook?
grace lopez December 01, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I just posted this link to Ed Mangano's fb page. This issue of homelessness is one that needs more attention than just shuttling the person from place to place. The person needs help and the community needs protection. If you have time please comment on the post on his page. Thanks

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