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Photos: Vacant Store Fronts Pop Up in Commack

Will the promise of the New Year bring business to Commack's empty properties?

The empty storefronts and vacant buildings dotting some of Commack's busiest roads are evidence of the tough economy, and a stark reminder of our lack of economic growth in 2010. Will 2011 bring businesses into these shops? Only time will tell.

Do you think Commack businesses will make a comeback in 2011? Let us know in the comments below or send and email to kaitlyn.piccoli@patch.com.  

CommackMom January 07, 2011 at 04:46 AM
You haven't even touched on the larger properties: Charlie Brown's. Panda Kitchens. Sushi Palace. Circuit City. Linens N Things. Then there's smaller vacancies in Peppertree Commons and Commack Corners. Both Blockbuster and Waldbaum's have filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. It's time for Barack Hussein Obama to right this ship and turn this economy around !
Kaitlyn Piccoli (Editor) January 08, 2011 at 02:44 AM
You're right, CommackMom-- there are many vacant properties not featured in this gallery. This is part of a regular series that will continue to show existing and new vacant store fronts in Commack, so stay tuned for updates. If you see any additional stores you think should be included, please let us know.
CommackMom January 09, 2011 at 06:49 AM
It's going to be a 'regular series'? What's the point in trying to make Commack look like a dilapidated bankrupt community? What do you hope to achieve by spotlighting vacant properties? What is the newsworthiness of making this a 'regular series'?
Kaitlyn Piccoli (Editor) January 09, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Our goal is not to present Commack as a bankrupt or dilapidated community, but rather present a realistic view of the community to our readers. By the same token, we also cover new businesses as they pop up--for example, earlier this week we covered the opening of the new ShopRite off of Crooked Hill Road. If one of these vacant stores becomes occupied, we will certainly document that as well. We deem any change to the Commack community, be it negative or positive, as newsworthy.
rori gordon February 17, 2011 at 05:53 PM
As a community we are going down, way down because the landlords have overextended themselves, very much as the housing market did. I just found this article and the Pathmark and Borders books have yet to be mentioned. I think this is a great article, maybe if people understood that everything is a trickle down effect and that we the people of the United States are in serious trouble. Most average consumers never look at the big picture as to how this effects us and it is an indication as to what is to come. How much more can the food stores charge for food? The next will be shopping centers totally vacant because if a landlord needs to get a certain amount to make his mortgage...guess what? He is going to walk away. It unfortunately is coming. Look at the big picture. Little mom and pop stores put in merchandise and the consumer walks in, shops it and then goes home and buys it from an online vendor at a 20% or more savings. How does the little store owner make a living, unless they are selling food, beverages, lotto tickets, jewrely repair,a beauty service, a dining or theatre experience that you can not buy online? They can't. Period. End of the local hardware, video store (change in technology, red box has cornered the market) boutique clothing, small electronics, btw how many nail salons can we have in Commack?
William Dean February 19, 2011 at 04:47 PM
People can't run around with blinders on and pretend everything is O.K. We already did that with the housing market and every unqualified individual that got a mortage. When I sold a house in East Northport in 2005, I had twelve offers on the home and sold it for more than I was asking. Today, as of 2011, I can't even got a low offer on my house in Commack. If we stick our heads in the sand, by the time we pull them out, the landscape of Commack WILL be different. And, as sad as it is to say, Commack is no different than most other townships on Long Island.
Greg Martinez April 07, 2011 at 02:26 PM
The cost of doing business MUST be reduced. How? The federal, state, and local governments must stop acting as the enemy of the private sector and become business friendly. How? Government must slash spending so that taxes and regulations can be drastically reduced. Just look at where business are moving, to lower taxed & less regulated states and even leaving the country to countries with lower taxes and regulations. This is Economics 101. Unless our state and nation change course, the decline will continue. The government must STOP looking at the private sector as a cash cow to be milk and then slaughtered.
EIEMK May 20, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Well perhaps with all the empty store fronts in their own hometown they can open their strip club there and be closer to home..but instead they come to Wantagh and Bellmore. Interesting how they seem to NOT want to turn their own towns around in such "desperate" times but are sooo willing to do it in a community that is NOT their own. Interesting business practices from Mr. Dean & Ms. Gordon. I'm wondering who else is willing to bet that those two don't want her "classy" strip joint and Las Vegas Style shows around the corner from their home. Gee Mr. Dean Maybe you can get fair market value for your home once you put your club in next to your house? Oh right, you live in Commack not Wantagh.

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