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Mini Supermarket Planned for Jackson Avenue

J's Marketplace would replace the former New England Kitchen & Design

After more than a year on the market, vacant New England Kitchen & Design store may finally have a tenant, as plans are being finalized to transform it into a mini supermarket.

The new tenant, Jae Jang, said that after Thursday a hearing with Town of Oyster Bay officials, he hopes to begin the process of creating J's Marketplace.

"I felt this town was in dire need of a good produce shop," Jang wrote on Patch. Weighing in on the Rite Aid closing, he said, "…a store of the size of Rite Aid with over $30k in rent would not survive in a local community setting."

J's Marketplace will carry " premium quality fruits and vegetables, deli, meat, juice bar, salad bar, dairy," as well as organic products, Jang wrote.

Jang said that if all goes well with TOBAY, he would like to begin construction in early November.

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J October 05, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Landlord is having a difficult time with the town to get the parking variance. Until the variance is approved J's Marketplace cannot open. Don't understand why our ZBA hearing was pulled off the calendar from yesterday's scheduled hearing. "guilty without a trial". This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!!! Just a bit frustrated. Wish the town hears our case before shutting us down. Please, at least hear us out...I believe the design of the store will actually improve the parking nightmare thats in front of dunkin donuts.
js October 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
that area is a disaster,good luck
Tricia Shannon October 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The store has been vacant for years. Welcome the market with open arms!
J October 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
JS: Why is the spot a disaster? You're not the first to tell me this.
Diana October 09, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The parking in fornt of Dunkin Donuts is the most challenging one: with new store-it will become even more challenged. What I believe would help out(we need a produce/grocery store!) is for the town to do new markings and allow traffic both ways there as well as allow passing through and park in the commuter parking spots.
Gabe October 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Wait it out for the Rite Aid spot, the landlord will be forced to drop the rent, otherwise he's out $30k a month...how many months will that last...or be willing to subdivide!
J October 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Yes, Rite Aid spot would be ideal for a market but, rent is just way too much. Rent will have to drop into $20k range to even attempt. Hence, already had two failed supermarkets in that location. Dont wanna be the third. The parking at the old New England kitchen place will be ok because i plan to have the main entrance in the rear of the store. Customers can park in all those under utilized one-hour parking spots.
J October 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thats also in addition to the exclusive parking space for the store

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