The Cosentino Commerce Center on Crooked Hill Road was booming Wednesday morning as shoppers flocked to ShopRite, which for the first time at 7 a.m.
The 72,000-square-foot facility, which was, is a bona fide megastore, offering a pharmacy, Kosher catering, a bakery, coffee bar and seafood section, in addition to the usual supermarket fare. The food court, which includes a sushi bar, Asian specialty cuisine and gourmet sandwhich station was teeming with customers eager to try it out.
Dozens of ShopRite employees perused the store, offering to assist customers and lend a helping hand. Also making the rounds and helping customers was ShopRite owner Jon Greenfield, who after 45 years in the supermarket business, remains as enthusiastic as ever.
Seth Greenfield, who works side-by-side with his father as President of the ShopRite, spoke to us about the excitement of doing business in Commack.
"Opening day has been superb, even better than I had hoped," he said. "The response from the people of Commack has been extremely positive."
The younger Greenfield said with ShopRite, he aims to offer Commack a better option for supermarket shopping, which he describes as "a traditional supermarket with unconventional twists."
In Commack, those "unconventional twists" include freshly made pizza, a wide range of natural foods including gluten-free selections, and an extensive offering of Kosher cuisine.
Another cutting-edge twist is an online ordering service in which customers can order groceries online, drive up to the store and have their bags delivered to their car for a small $10 fee.
In addition to food, the store also serves up a little slice of history. Large black-and-white photos, archives from the Huntington and Smithtown Historical Societies, are a nostalgic glimpse into Commack's past. One photograph shows a small general store, called The Commack Store, on Jericho Turnpike circa 1906.