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Businesses That Closed in 2012

Huntington and Northport area saw some big closures and even bigger openings.

The year 2012 was a big one for change. Some landmark stores saw the end of many decades, and some large chain stores shut their doors due to pressures from a changing market. Here are some stores that closed around the area this year:

Bad Dawgs: Serving gourmet hot dogs and knishes in Huntington Village, Bad Dawgs closed in July. A takeaway spot called "The Chicken Coop" is reportedly going to open in its place from the same owners as Fado. They will serve rotisserie chicken and family-style sides.

Mangiamo: This Huntington Village Italian eatery on New Street closed in the beginning of year and recently became La Notte.

Dragon Gate: One of two Huntington locations, Dragon Gate on Main Street closed and was replaced by Daisho Ramen. Dragon Gate has moved around the corner to a takeout-only location.

Gemport: Northport's Gemport jewelry and rare gem store closed its doors in May after 43 years as a Northport mainstay. 

Waldbaum's: Waldbaum's Huntington Station location closed in March. It was one of six Long Island stores described by its parent company as underperforming. It was replaced with a Best Market in May. 

Blockbuster: Blockbuster closed hundreds of stores nationwide over the past few years in a move from brick and mortar to online business. The Huntington Station location closed in February, the Northport location closed last year. 

Toys 'R' Us: Toy's 'R' Us in Huntintgon Station closed in January and became Nordstrom Rack a few months later. The closure followed on the heels of Barnes and Noble Books in Huntington Station a month earlier.

The Northport Tasting Room and Wine Cellar: This local wine-lovers destination closed abruptly in the spring and became The Wine Cellar on Main in June under new ownership.  

Kristie M December 30, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Too bad none of the retail pet dealers closed. Sadly, profiting from animal cruelty is the way to go. Google puppy mills and let's make 2013 the year they all down. Tell your elected officials we need S1262A to make it happen.
George December 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That is because Huntington wants to become the new Miracle mile. They are trying to get rid of the low to middle income people without breaking the law
George December 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
PS don't forget Lowes they pulled the plug before they even moved in
Pam Robinson (Editor) December 30, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Yes, Lowe's actually pulled out in November, 2011. Glad to see Target making progress on taking over the site, though.
Alex December 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM
So what about the businesses that opened?
Pam Robinson (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Good question. We did some new businesses last week: http://patch.com/A-09pn
PFT December 31, 2012 at 01:10 PM
You forgot TONL Fitness , right up to the day they abruptly locked their doors they led customers to believe they were not going out of business. Real nice way to treat people , some of whom had been supporting the business for well over ten years. Thanks TONL !
Franco Aloe December 31, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I was Born and Raised here So I recently started my own Company Here in the village 2 months ago. Grand opening will be in January AloeTech inc. 514 New York Ave Huntington, NY 11743 Www.AloeTechNy.com
Candy December 31, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I can't believe they are building another Target on Jericho Tpke. Huntington. How sad, it was so nice when we had small Mom & pop stores they were so specialized, no matter where you go today everything looks the same, how boring.
Art Papayanopulos December 31, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Forgot the Cupcake Gourmet ... don't know if the construction in the lot had anything to do with it.
BK13 December 31, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Good luck Franco!
BK13 December 31, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Everyone loves Mom & Pop stores, but no one wants to shop there. Talk is cheap. As much as I dislike Target and other big box stores, it will hopefully generate jobs and get rid of that eyesore the Townhouse location became.
Alex December 31, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Pam, In the new businesses that opened article you forgot Bicycle Playground at 256 Main St. www.bicycleplayground.com
Pam Robinson (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Hi, Alex, thanks. The list was not intended to be comprehensive but just highlights. However, we invite you to post some information about your business on our announcements page --when you opened, your specialization if you have one, etc., here: http://huntington.patch.com/search/announcements I
kevin arloff December 31, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Bennett Medical SupplyCorp. on NY Ave in the village, closed in May after being open for over 50yrs....
Candy December 31, 2012 at 08:15 PM
The Townhouse might have been an eyesore at the end, but if we keep tearing down all of the old memories the only thing our children will remember when they get older are the so called "Box stores". I am a trustee for a Historical Site for that very reason to preserve the past.
Chris F December 31, 2012 at 08:16 PM
How foolish you are. Lumping them all together. How about recognizing the good ones?
Kristie M December 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Chris, find me one puppy-selling pet store on Long Island that doesn't buy from "USDA-licensed breeders," aka puppy mills, or puppy brokers that act as the intermediary.
Shelley January 01, 2013 at 04:12 AM
We need a target here. Not everyone can afford small specialized shops
Chris F January 01, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I am not sure about all of LI but I believe the Peticular Pet in Huntington has the owner inspect and pick out every puppy they sell personally so that they do not do business with anyone who exploits animals.
Muto January 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
The Black Lantern just closed too. Where will the underage kids go to drink now??
Jessi10 January 14, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I loved that place! Wish it had stayed instead of Crumbs.
Leah Bush (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Muto, when did they close?

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