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Top 7 East Meadow Business Stories of 2011

The lowdown as to what's happened in business in East Meadow the past year.

2011 was very active in terms of business stories in the local area.

Whether we talk about the pending arrival of Sonic, NUMC's parking situation or the ongoing construction at the former Crystalbrook property, there's been plenty to talk about in East Meadow. Here are the top business stories from the past year.

No. 7 —

, which has been located in East Meadow since 1952, may face the possibility of closure or sale.

Originally situated on the property where now stands, the wine and liquor store moved across the street to its current location at 385 Merrick Avenue years ago. For the full story, click the link above.

No. 6 —

Certain spaces come straight to mind when thinking of vacant storefronts in the East Meadow community. The old space is one of them.

Formerly located at 1959 Front St. in the shopping center known as the East Meadow Mall, which also houses and , the business was in April after filing for bankruptcy. Additionally, five other spaces in that center are currently vacant. For more on this story, click the link above.

No. 5 —

Hurricane Irene certainly affected all of the lives of people in the local community.

We were forced to wait in our homes until Mother Nature ran her course, and then it was our job to worry about the cleanup. Certain East Meadow businesses lost full days of business, and in a trying economy, that's not something many local establishments can afford. For the full story, click the link above.

No. 4 —

Construction at the former Crystalbrook property on East Meadow Avenue is moving forward as planned, according to Saeed Ahmed, the owner of Meadow Commons, LLC.

"It's going to be seven retail stores," Ahmed said. "There will not be any apartments."

For the full story on the construction, click the link above.

No. 3 —

After a lengthy battle between the former owners of Friendly Farms, Cornell Cooperative Extension's bid was officially accepted by Nassau County.

Cornell has already begun planting, and they will provide learning opportunities and plots of land for community residents to farm. For the full story, click the link above.

No. 2 —

Residents who live near the Nassau University Medical Center have been upset since the hospital installed stackers as a new parking alternative.

Employees of the hospital are allegedly parking on nearby side streets, and residents of those areas are not happy about it. For the full story, check out the link above.

No. 1 —

After rumors circulated earlier in the year about Sonic's interest in an East Meadow location, Hempstead Town officials confirmed that the popular food chain has applied for permits necessary to come to East Meadow.

Neighboring businesses have mixed feelings on the matter, and a hearing is set in January with the Town of Hempstead. For the full story, click the link above.

Did we miss any stories? Tell us in the comments.

L December 28, 2011 at 09:23 PM
links to the original stories do not work
kathy diamond December 28, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I would rather see a Sonic come to East Meadow then the building of more retail stores where the Crystalbrook was and where the gas station was at the corner of Newbridge and Hempstead Turnpike. We have empty stores already, which you mentioned in your article, why are we building more stores. I would rather see apartments built for single young professionals who are forced to live with parents or in an apartment in a house. They don't want that, they would like a community, like senior housing developments.
Michael Ganci December 29, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Thanks for pointing out the issue! This has been fixed. Mike

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