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Businesses That Shuttered in 2011

The economy took its toll on Commack's business landscape this year.

Residents saw some changes in Commack's storefronts this past year, with some community favorites closing up shop. We've already recounted those this past year, here's our list of those who left in 2011.

: The Commack Multiplex Cinemas closed down in September, ending a 30-year reign. The closure came nearly a year and a half after the building was sold to Lowe's. It is now will materialize.

: Following a bankruptcy filing, the bookstore chain closed in early spring. Since then, it's become home to pop-up and decoration shops.

: Commack's closed its doors in March after its parent company, A&P, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

: The fledgling video chain became the third major business to fold in Commack in early April, following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The storefront joins a flock of vacancies in .

: The store was reportedly closed in June for renovations, according to workers, though there's been no sign of activity at the site for months.

Howie Frank January 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I hope all of you were able to shop at my Christmas Store that I opened with my wife in the old "Borders Book" store this holiday season. We had a successfull season and we hope to be in Commack next year. We made alot of new friends and hope to see you all next year. We would appreciate any comments good or bad about our store.Have a Happy New Year!!!
Paul L. January 05, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I'm wondering how a company like Lowes could spend tens of millions of dollars buying the Commack Multiplex site and the Huntington Townhouse site and then say "Gee! We can't afford this!" and file for bankruptcy. Didn't anyone see that coming?
Carol January 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I checked out your Christmas store twice, Howie, but never bought a thing as found your prices higher than at other places I shop. For example, the chocolate covered graham star cookies were $1 more than what I paid at Meat Farms. I saw other items that were higher than elsewhere too.
Howie Frank January 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I agree. I guess the bigger the company the bigger the mistakes they make.
Howie Frank January 05, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Carol I just wanted to explain our pricing. Stores like Meat Farms have multiple stores and by larger quantities from the supplier and therefore get better prices than we do as a single unit store. In addition, we understand that our prices may be a bit higher on some items than other stores, but there were some real values in the store. For example, many of our customers told us that our Red Bows were $3-$5 cheaper than Michaels and were a better quality. Furthermore, our Gift Bags range from 2 for $1.00-$2.49 which is a lot cheaper than most stores. Finally, our section with Lighted Sculptures was on average $3-$5 cheaper than Harrows. I hope next year you gice us another look and check us out again. Have a great New Year!
Carol January 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Thanks for your reply, Howie, and yes, I will definitely check the store out again next year if you are there. I wasn't looking for bows or gift bags or Lighted Sculptures. I also looked at Christmas cards and those prices were higher than what I had paid at other stores. Same with paper plates and gift boxes. I am definitely a bargain hunter and the things I looked at were not prices I felt I needed to pay :-)
Denise L January 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Howie I loved your store. You didn't even quote your best prices to Carol. I bought your motion Icicle lights for $29.99. Harrows sold the same exact lights, same manufacturer for $79.99. As far as the cards, your cards were 50% off , and not dollar store quality cards.I am too a bargain hunter but sometimes you get what you pay for. I have bought cheap paper plates, and quality is just not the same. I hope I will see your store open again in Commack next year.
Carol January 06, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Yes, I'll check out Howie's store next year if he's there as I said. The paper plates I saw there were the exact ones I bought elsewhere for less $$. Wasn't in the market for icicle lights so didn't even check those prices. I don't buy my cards at the dollar stores, either...but I've seen cards for less than what was charged at Howie's store. I buy cheaper cards for my kids to send. For myself, I buy handmade cards from etsy.com I'm pretty fussy about the cards I send.

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