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Lucky 7 Laundromat to Leave Mayfair Shopping Center by June

Laundromat owner claims landlord has called her business "degrading to shopping center," while customers make show of support.

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. 

Re March 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM
The laundromat does not have enough cesspools to handle the waste water discharge.The cesspools overflow and the ground floods. They would need a dozen more cesspools to handle the water discharge. The soil cannot handle it. The county health dept had to intervene to force the cleanup of overflowing cesspools. The grass was burned and died and and the laundromat had to pay for the new sod.
Andrea? March 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Sad to see it go!! If it truly is a health hazord..why say its degrading to the shopping center...give me break!!!
Jason Feinman March 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Greedy landlords have been a common theme with Mayfair. Ever since my father had a business there years ago, the plaza was owned by a crook and now by a greedy management company who I hope has a lot of vacant storefronts
foodfan March 29, 2012 at 02:03 AM
100% nonsense. They leased to a laundromat. All of a sudden they realized that they use a lot of water? Provided that the tenant pays their rent on time, it is a shame that the LL would toss them especially when they are granting rent reductions to other tenants.
Teresa March 29, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I guess the management company needs to claim the Mayfair Shopping Center as a loss on their spreadsheet to offset more profitable properties? HOW ELSE WOULD YOU EXPLAIN their actions of not renewing a paying tenant's lease, especially in this economy and with some many storefronts EMPTY in the COMMACK area
Re March 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The water table has risen in this area in the last few years. Levin mgt had to place the laundromat on a pumping schedule because they did not pay enough attention to the matter. The shopping center across from Smithtown Friendly's on Vets highway recently ripped up the parking lot to put in 40 new cesspools to cover future needs.. PS there was dry cleaning fluid in the water wells at the suffolk county water authority pump station behind the shopping center that forced it to be closed for years. One might ask how did the dry cleaning store that was in Mayfair at the time dispose of its dry cleaning solvent? IT cost 2 million dollars to put filters in to open that pump station to supply water to the area..
joe March 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Bottom line, landlord has no obligation to renew a tenants lease. Bad job by the tenant not looking for a new space a year ago when they knew their lease was expiring.
Tony A March 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
The Mayfair Shopping Center hasn't been the same since Baby Hughey's closed! Wow did we ever have fun at that place on Friday and Saturday nights, plus we could walk home, which made it better for us than the Mad Hatter or the OBI. Even though back then drinking and driving wasn't quite as frowned upon we still knew it was wrong.
Joe April 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This laundromat deserves to be removed from Mayfair, and any other possible relocation spot. Not only do ALL of their employees not speak a single word of English, they also blatantly disregard any comments or concerns you may have. The manager Chris is not helpful at all, and doesn't show up to the times she says to meet. DO NOT GO HERE.
L. Schneider June 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
On commack rd the other lucky 7 has no one that speaks english either. Our clothes were stolen from the machines as im in the back folding my other clohes. We have called multiple times and talked to Christina the owner and she claims it's not her fault and tells me she will look at her cameras and I never recieved a call back yet now going on 2 months. I was a great customer now I will not ever give her my business and I will make sure I will let others now how she runs a business!!!!
L. Schneider June 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Maybe if she had a better attitude and listened to multiple concerns and complaints from loyal customers,instead of pushing them aside and ignoring them, maybe there would be a bigger out cry to keep her around. But, as I found out first hand, she was quick to take your money and not care if anything was wrong, missing, or damaged with regards to her place of business. So I say good riddens!
CommackMom July 03, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I say that if the Landlord is so concerned with this store they should really look into Waldbaums and the Chinese Buffet. Waldbaums is FILTHY and the food is always passed the selling date. The Chinese Buffet is never clean. Just drive through the back of the shopping center and you can see the filth.

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