A Commack laundromat's run of luck in the Mayfair Shopping Center may have come to an end.
Christina Onorato, owner of , said she is being forced to move her business out of the Jericho Turnpike shopping center by June 15. Onorato said the property manager, Levin Management, refuses to renew her lease calling her business "degrading to the shopping center."
"I'm very insulted that he called my business degrading to the shopping center," Onorato said. "It's kind of crazy."
Lucky 7's current lease in Mayfair Shopping Center will expire at the end of June, forcing the laundromat to move out by June 15. The owner said there's been signs of trouble for the past two years, claiming Levin repeatedly put her off for negotiating a new lease, ever since the shopping center received a face lift - attracting the likes of Gap, Ann Taylor Loft and Jos. A. Bank.
Lucky 7 Laundromat has been had a located in the Mayfair Shopping Center for 15 years, with more than 80 washers and dryers available for public use. The chain also has a second Commack location at 209 Commack Road.
"The main reason people say they come here is, 'you keep it so clean'," Onorato said.
As a former Commack resident, Onorato said she when she moved her business into into Mayfair, she was one of the few businesses there besides the deli and liquor store. Her laundromat provides services to more than 500 customers, and takes in more than 1,000 pounds of drop-off laundry each week, she estimated.
"I have lawyers, doctors, nurses and police officers who drop off their laundry here. It's convient for them to have someone here doing it, while they are off doing other things," the laundromat owner said.
Her customers agree, and have started to push back to their laundromat. One customer printed up small slips with Levin Management's website and phone number, encouraging other customers to call up and ask them to renew Lucky 7's lease.
"I would really like to stay here," Onorato said. "They just want me out. They don't even want to hear anything else."
Levin Management staff confirmed Lucky 7 Laundromat will be leaving Mayfair Shopping center in June, but did not respond to requests for further details.
There are two vacant storefronts available for rent in the shopping center. Levin Management's website lists a 800-square-foot and a 11,762-square-foot storefronts are up for lease.
As a single mother of five, Onorato said she's worried about how she will make a living if her larger store closes, as her second location on Commack Road less than half the size.
She says some have suggested moving, but don't understand the complicated requirements of electrical and gas lines, sewage systems required to open a laundromat. Ornato estimates it would take her six to eight month to get necessary permits from the Town of Smithtown.