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Grills Never Turned On at Wendy's [Empty in Smithtown]

The building was constructed and appeared ready to open but never did.

While there aren't an abundance of fast food restaurants throughout Smithtown, one location never had the chance to sling burgers to fries to locals.

The cash registers, grills and deep fryers were never turned on at Wendy's on West Jericho Turnpike, next to . What was supposed to be a home to the fast food giant is now a haven for graffiti, the makings of a cesspool and weeds, caged-in by a locked chainlink fence.

In an email sent to Smithtown Patch, reader and 26-year Smithtown resident John Renda said this location has been an eyesore for several years.

"I've been a proud resident of Smithtown for 26 years, but this sight has been a disappointment to me for a long time," he said. "How can the town allow a sight like this to exist?"

Renda said he witnessed the construction of the building, which looked close to completion when the lights were turned on and the furniture placed inside, but watched the construction stop when it appeared that workers were beginning to install cesspools.

Since construction stopped the most activity on the location Renda said he witnessed was the recent boarding-up of windows. 

The lone sign of hope for a tenant to take over this vacant property sits on the chainlink fence, a sign for Area Real Estate Associates, Inc. The sign features dozens of fast food restaurant chain logos – including Wendy's.

Multiple calls to the retail real estate company were not returned.

BillLongisland February 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Hey thanks so much, "Home town".
new guy February 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Your welcome bill. Anytime. Keep up your good work.
Mary February 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The Pines Civic Association fought building on the Wendy's property for years, knowing the situation with the wetlands and the Board of Health, but it got the green light anyway; no doubt someone called in a favor. They destroyed the trees behind our property and created an eyesore. It is a disgrace. The spot is dangerous for that type of establishment as people speed on Jericho Tpke., making navigation of the entrance/exit into a small driveway an accident waiting to happen. There are plenty of fast food places in the area. This location would best be left for an office or similar business, not another "greasy spoon." Smithtown is struggling and it starts at the top. Time to vote out the dead wood.
BillLongisland February 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Well, at least they got it built !
new guy February 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
huh?????? time for another nap bill.

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