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Waldbaum's in Huntington Station to Close

Jericho Turnpike store is latest business closing in the area.

The Waldbaum's in Huntington Station will close soon, one of six Long Island stores described by its parent company as underperforming.

The store anchors a shopping center at East Jericho Turnpike and Longfellow Drive. A store employee said the store had been in Huntington Station for 40 years and was expected to close within 60 days.

Rumors about the store's closing have flown for years as residents were told by workers that its closing appeared imminent several times.

The announcement follows close on the heels of the shutdown or planned closing of three other Huntington Station stores, Barnes & Noble, a Blockbuster, and the  Toys R Us, expected within two weeks.

Waldbaum's parent company, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. said had filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, "asking approval to close 14 stores in four states as it prepares to emerge from Chapter 11. The store closures are expected to be completed in the Company's fiscal first quarter, subject to court approval."

The other Long Island stores are in Commack, Rockville Centre, East Islip, West Babylon and Lake Ronkonkoma.

A&P President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Martin said, "We are continuing to take the steps necessary to position A&P to emerge from Chapter 11 with a strong future and ensure that we remain focused on our top priority -- providing great value and service to our customers every day. As part of our preparations to emerge from Chapter 11, we have decided to close these 14 underperforming locations. While this was a very difficult decision that will unfortunately impact some of our customers, partners, associates and the surrounding communities, these actions are absolutely necessary as we continue to strengthen A&P's operating foundation and improve our performance."

A&P said it will work with union representatives to try to place workers in other stores, based on associates' collective bargaining agreements. The company said it "will also encourage loyal customers to shop at its other neighborhood stores in close proximity to the closing store locations." That includes a Pathmark several blocks east of the Waldbaum's on Jericho Turnpike.

Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation's first supermarket chains. The company operates 336 stores in six states under the following trade names: A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Superfresh and Food Basics.

Jim R. January 12, 2012 at 08:45 PM
And HyTech Gas Station (across from La Piazza on Rt.110)... sign of the times. Rt.110 is prime real estate for retail stores.
Suzy Max January 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
This is so depressing. I love having the Waldbaum's so close to where I live. When I moved here 21 years ago I only shopped there because it was so much cleaner than alot of the other supermarkets in the area. I found the fact that it's smaller very appealing too. All the stores closing are not very encouraging for a so called recovery. I think things are getting worse not better.
Regis C. January 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Supposedly, Blockbuster stores are "moving" from brick and mortar to online, not a new location as the signs suggest. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-01-11/business/fl-blockbuster-moving-signs-011212-20120111_1_closings-south-florida-stores-signs
Pam Robinson January 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
RC, that is correct. We've been saying "close" for that reason. A couple of stores in other parts of Long Island have said they are moving to other stores but it turns out they're getting a kiosk inside other, non-Blockbuster stores.
Regis C. January 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Interesting, thanks for the update!

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