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No Reason to Stop at Former Printing Shop [Empty in Commack]

Prominent two-story building lies vacant, seemingly forgotten off Commack Road and Jericho Turnpike.

There are many empty buildings along Commack Road, so many "for rent" signs it's hard to count. But not every vacant building is located just a few hundred feet from a major intersection. 

The former Short Stop Printing in Commack lies just off the corner of Commack Road and Jericho Turnpike. Hundreds of cars daily drive right by this site, many drivers never noticing the "closed" sign in the front window. 

Short Stop Printing's bold black and yellow signs are showing beginning to show wear and tear, the once bright yellow background fading to a dull and dirty beige. Many Commack drivers go past this building as the they pull into the Dairy Barn next door, bringing traffic right up to its door step. 

The two-story, 1,700-square-foot building is available for sale or lease through Island Associates. The real estate company estimates there are nearly 6,000 residents with an average household income of $127,245 within a mile of this storefront. No sale price is listed for the building on Island Associates' website

If someone were to purchase the building, the annual taxes on the print shop storefront would be approximately $11,526, accordign to Island Associates.

Do you remember when this building served as a print shop and did you ever use their services? What type of business would you like to see here now? 

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Annie D. May 18, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Do you proof your work? This article is awful. What has happened to Patch and the "interesting articles?" How sad!
CommackMom May 18, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I agree. The story reads as if it were written by a child. Furthermore, what is the purpose of the story? Has The Patch taken to shilling for real estate agencies? Boring. Pointless. And, did we really need SIX photographs?! I've been critical in the past about these type of articles. I truly do not understand why The Patch needs to constantly spotlight vacant properties in the community. We all know they are there. Just what do you hope to attain by drawing further attention to them? Sadly, it's a sign of the times. The country is spiraling ever downward and it's looking as if we'll have another 4 years of the current administration. Hope and Change. Hope and Change.
Carol May 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Sorry to have to leave yet another negative comment, but I agree with the other comments...Patch has definitely deteriorated these last months. Not only in content but the writing as well. Someone definitely needs to start proofing articles and content too. So much reptition in the articles. Some days it isn't even worth reading because there is nothing new here. Is the editor a volunteer or is she paid to do the job? I don't think her heart is in it.
Paul L. May 18, 2012 at 01:08 PM
When I graduated from college in 1979, I had my resumes printed there. That was back in the days of manual typewriters and carbon paper.
Annie D. May 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Sara, is there a reason you're not responding to comments about your own article? What gives?
Frank Imburgio May 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM
I for one think these criticisms are hurtful and picayune. That's my two cents.
Todd J. Zimmer May 20, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Not quite sure why everyone is picking on poor Sara here? I do not personally know her, but I respect her contributions to the Patch. I don't think the Patch is "shilling" for anyone. This property is one we see everyday and I for one am interested. Sometimes these "mini-stories" lead to some interesting perspectives from people in the know. That being said, I used Short Stop for years and am friends with one employee that worked there that I met in the community and now we chat on Facebook every so often. Short Stop went out of business because of the same reason so many places are closing today- lack of business and an inability to remain profitable. The owner incorporated his business with another printer in Huntington, on Jericho Tpke. called Printers 3. I now use Printers 3 for my printing needs. I maintain a matrimonial law firm in Commack. I find them very reasonably priced and their work is quality. It is sad to see empty buildings here in Commack where thriving businesses used to exist. As another poster here stated..."hope and change..."...I assume it was said sarcastically. If not, I am saying it sarcastically. Well, we will leave politics aside since that is not what this article is about. However, a little civility here people. Thank you for your article Sara. That's MY 2 cents!
Laurie S. July 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM
I thought that the building was already bought to a local family who already owns a LI amusement park.
Sal Milazzo August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thank you for the article about Short Stop Printing. Having been the last owner of this business, I find it interesting that someone finally noticed that a business that was there for 43 years, and was practically a landmark, is gone. Unfortunately, I wasn't the only one that was hurt by the '08 recession. Had I owned it just a little longer before the recession hit, I might have survived. Or if the landlord of that building had been more co-operative with me in the form of lowering the rent temporarily I might have been able to keep it going. But according to him, he "had people lined up waiting to rent" that building. So..its been almost 4 years now, where are they? Maybe if he had worked with me, there would still be a thriving business there. Very sad....there are so many.
Sal Milazzo August 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Also, I don't see the big deal about the article. If you find an article boring or not what you are interested in, then go on to the next one. What you find to be not interesting might be very interesting to someone else....as this was to me.

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