UPDATE: Best Yet Market Coming to Swan Commons

A previous agreement had prevented a new store from occupying the former Waldbaum's space.

is set to come to the Patchogue area, this time in the Swan Nursery Commons shopping center in East Patchogue.

will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the shopping center to announce the opening of a Best Yet Market.

The Commons shopping center at one time housed a Waldbaum's. But according to founder Tom Berger, the opening of another led to the shutdown of the Commons location.

The supermarket’s parent company, A&P, had signed a 10-year lease with Serota Properties that prevented other food stores from inhabiting the space that previously housed the Waldbaum's.

Murray said he was pushing to end the contract after finding a loophole.

“If the store was empty for more than a year, the landlord can hop out of the lease and rent to another store owner, so we were pushing for that,” he said.

Residents were displeased about A&P’s actions, but Murray and Berger said they are looking forward to restoring the area.

“It was a bit of a controversy, and I wasn’t pleased with the A&P Corporation, they didn’t do the right thing for the community,” Murray said. “I think the company felt there were too many of their own stores competing against themselves, and they had every intention of keeping the story empty.”

Berger said that a community effort has been ongoing to bring a new grocery store to the location.

“We organized a petition drive and got about 2,300 signatures to bring a new supermarket to the area,” Berger said. “The grocery business is extremely cutthroat and non-cooperative, even with the community. This has been ongoing thing for almost four years.”

“At Focus, we’re ecstatic over it- this is something that will bring people here,” Berger said. “We’re trying to promote our economy so people will buy and sell in our area- that’s what makes a good economy.”


Updated at 11/1/11 11:53 p.m.

Scott November 01, 2011 at 07:50 PM
"Something that will bring people here" implies a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. I doubt it's one of them though.
A November 01, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I'll guess C-Town, Bravo, Best Yet, or Compare, with an outside chance of Stop & Shop or King Kullen. Anything that isn't those would surprise me.
John Canary November 01, 2011 at 08:30 PM
whole Foods would be perfect right there........The suburbs need to experience the goodness of whole foods
A November 01, 2011 at 08:36 PM
While Whole Foods would be good, there is no way that would happen there. The three locations they have on the Island are Lake Grove, Jericho and Manhasset. Well-trafficked towns with people who have money very close nearby. I think also Aldi would probably be another one that opens there.
ceecee November 01, 2011 at 08:39 PM
it BETTER not be a best yet or something of that caliber i WILL be really MAD
Amelia "Amy" Thomas, Licensed RE Sales November 01, 2011 at 09:44 PM
I am in that shopping center 3- 4 times a week at the Karate school - and having a Trader Joe's there would be so fantastic!! At this point, just any supermarket - it is very convenient for those of us wanting to shop nearby while our children are at Dance or Karate. Can't wait to hear who it is!!
Kim November 01, 2011 at 11:09 PM
I have already contacted Aldi corporation , to let them know of that location. I am hoping for Aldi's......
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) November 02, 2011 at 05:12 AM
A press release from Assemblyman Dean Murray's office sent after the article's initial publication confirmed it will be a Best Yet Market. The article has been updated to reflect this.
Dan Ziegler November 02, 2011 at 11:13 AM
just what we need, another grocery store. i had heard that "odd lot" was contemplating coming here. there is plenty of room in that center for several new anchor tenants. BTW - Chachama Grill is amazing - they could use more traffic. Trust me..
Scott November 02, 2011 at 11:26 AM
That area can use a grocery store. Chachama Grill is very good but it's not like someone forced them to choose that location. A Best Yet will probably expose them to more potential customers than an Odd Lot. Best Yet makes sense but it isn't "something that will bring people here".
Theresa Silver November 02, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Would love to see an Uncle Giuseppe's Store. I recently visited one in Port Jefferson and was very impressed. It has a gourmet market feel and would certainly draw customers from adjacent communities. Just the name "Best Yet", turns me away.
Travis November 02, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Anything would be better then whats there now.
jacqueline roberts November 02, 2011 at 01:06 PM
The 'many' people living in the 'Swans area" have had real hardship shopping for groceries and oyher essentials, especially if they are seniors,hanicap'd or do not drive. Now maybe life will be a little easier for them. Its about time! J.R.
Through the Looking Glass November 02, 2011 at 01:06 PM
All the dreaming of favorites is great, but given the basic socio-economics of the area, I think the Best Yet is probably the "best" idea. And as was posted earlier, something is far better than nothing. I wouldn't shop there because I don't live there. When I owned a boat that was kept in East Patchogue, Waldbaums was acceptable but under normal circumstances Waldbaums is NOT my store of choice. Different Strokes for Different Folks~
Native November 02, 2011 at 02:21 PM
This is great news. I've been hoping Best Yet would move in there.
Elizabeth K November 02, 2011 at 06:41 PM
diane butler November 07, 2011 at 11:52 AM
trader joes


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