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North Shore Farms to Take Over Empty Waldbaum's

The upscale, fresh-food market will open its fifth location in Commack.

The shelves at the vacant Waldbaum's on Vanderbilt Parkway in Commack won't be empty for long.

North Shore Farms, a family-owned, fresh-food market, plans to take over the property.

The upscale-grocer was granted a building permit on Feb. 8 to make interior alterations to both the first floor and mezzanine of the building. The new owners also plan to upgrade the building's plumbing, electric and add new doors and windows.

North Shore Farms prides itself on being the bridge between supermarkets and specialty food stores. The store carries traditional items including fresh produce, meat and poultry, dairy, fish, and groceries, along with a set of organic produce and products.

According to George Tsiatis, a spokesperson for North Shore Farms, the store will feature an extensive deli department, prepared foods, a cheese and olive section with more than 600 varieties of cheese, an on-site bakery for fresh baked goods and freshly-rolled sushi.  

"We are looking forward to opening in Commack and becoming a part of the community," Tsiatis said in an email.

North Shore Farms currently has four other stores with locations in Glen Cove, Great Neck, Mineola and Port Washington. The Commack site will be its first in Suffolk County.

An opening date is not yet set. According to the Town of Smithtown's building department, the property can not be used until a certificate of occupancy or compliance is issued.

The Waldbaum's on Vanderbilt Parkway was one of six on Long Island that closed last year due to under-performing sales. The Waldbaum's in the Mayfair shopping center remains open.

sportscoach March 31, 2013 at 01:52 PM
A traffic light at that entrance is desperately needed, there was a tragic accident there without the business. Also, you will find some prices much more expensive while others the same or less, depends on the item. The quality is, to me, worth every penny. Hope this place works out...Have fun exploring it!
lisa kay April 01, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Great news - but something needs to be done about that parking lot - its a total nightmare. Accidents are inevitable if something isn't changed.
Herb April 01, 2013 at 11:23 PM
It's time that the landlord of the shopping center invests a few dollars, in a couple of buckets of yellow paint and repaints the one way arrows. Most accidents are being caused by cars moving in both directions and backing out into one another, going the wrong way.
Gene May 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Went to this shopping center yesterday, and construction is underway for the new supermarket. It was hard to see how far along they were, but workers were definitely on site. I agree about the parking lot - I had one minor fender bender in there a few years back, and the rows are too narrow for two way traffic. Clearer signs, repainting the arrows (as Herb suggests), and angled parking would help keep people going in the right direction.
sportscoach July 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I heard recently that the entrance may be moved to the other end of the site next to Liquor Store. Also heard delays occurred because of, what else, surprise, surprise, the Town of Smithtown... Ho hum...

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