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Below are nine popular national and regional chains that are near Long Island, but are not here.
HEADQUARTERS: Rochester, New York
NUMBER OF STORES: 94
CLOSEST STORE: Brooklyn — coming in 2019
Long Island residents who have traveled or lived upstate or in New Jersey might have visited Wegmans grocery stores, which are known for big displays of fresh produce and prepared foods, attentive customer service and well-maintained stores.
In 2016 more than 7,800 people nationally contacted Wegmans asking for a store in their community, the company said.
The family-owned regional market, which turned 100 years old last year, has expanded along the Eastern Seaboard. It has 46 stores in New York, 17 in Pennsylvania and nine in New Jersey, among other locations. On Sept. 24 the company opened its 94th store, in Montvale, New Jersey, said Jo Natale, the company’s vice president of media relations.
If Long Island had a Wegmans it would have everything I need— Samantha Pompa (@sammpompaa) July 17, 2017
In 2019 it will open a location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. But the chain says it has no plans to come to Long Island.
Each store typically employs 450 to 550 workers, Natale said. For 20 years the company has made Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Wegmans ranked No. 2 this year. — Carrie Mason-Draffen
NUMBER OF STORES: 640
CLOSEST STORE: Hackensack, New Jersey
Thirty miles — and multiple bridges — separate Wawa in New Jersey from Long Island.
But those 30 miles aren’t expected to shrink anytime soon.
The convenience store brews about 195 million cups of coffee and serves 300 million customers each year. They also eat more than 60 million built-to-order hoagies — that’s Philadelphian for
hero or sub — annually. The stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Wawa stores offer some of the same products, and are generally the same size, as 7-Eleven stores.
That’s a problem for any competitor interested in the Long Island market, retail experts said.
Whenever I tell people we don't have Wawa's on Long Island they look at me like I'm from a 3rd world country— Allan Pedersen (@APedersen0252) September 23, 2017
“7-Eleven is everywhere, and they’re very, very powerful,” said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates Inc., a retail consulting and investment bank based in Manhattan. “People love their coffee and special drinks and are loyal.”
Wawa declined to comment for this story. But it continues to expand elsewhere, including in Florida, where it plans to open 15 stores this fall. — David Reich-Hale
HEADQUARTERS: Frederick, Maryland
NUMBER OF STORES: 54
CLOSEST STORE: Edison, N.J.
Roy Rogers, known for roast beef, fried chicken and hamburgers, was a fast-food mainstay in the Northeast in the 1980s. The chain had more than 600 U.S. locations in 1989.
But in 1990, Marriott Corp. sold the chain to Hardee’s Food Systems, and many Roy Rogers locations were converted into Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Boston Markets, Wendy’s or other brand stores.
By the mid-2000s, there were only about 40 Roy Rogers stores left, most of them located in the Washington, D.C., suburbs and along the New York State Thruway and New Jersey Turnpike.
As in an old western movie, however, Roy Rogers is making a comeback, expanding to more than 50 restaurants. The chain has built up its business in New Jersey and the Washington metro area.
Roy Rogers closed its last Long Island location, in Shirley, in 2010, but is planning a return.
Roy Rogers left Long Island in 2010. The chain hopes to return soon https://t.co/QVsha9y9QB— David Reich-Hale (@drhli) October 12, 2016
“Probably the biggest obstacle, as in many markets, has been in finding the right location,” said Jim Plamondon, co-president of Roy Rogers Franchise Co. “We are pursuing that goal and are currently in advanced discussions with a prospective new franchisee.” — Ted Starkey
He paved the way for so many musical love affairs from 1971 to 1987, a few blocks away on Bryant Avenue. The original My Father’s Place, which became the first venue inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010, introduced generations to up-and-coming artists from all over the world, from Hicksville’s Billy Joel and Long Beach’s Billy Crystal to British rockers like The Police and Jamaica’s Bob Marley & The Wailers.
“We want to offer something for everyone,” he says. “If you don’t see it one night, you’ll see it another time. I was always a general practitioner in music and I still am.”
Though the 70-year-old Epstein has dreamed of opening another concert venue in Roslyn for years, My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel came together quickly.
Weeks after the deal was announced, though, it became clear to Epstein how much work had to be done. Walking through the basement space, which housed the hotel’s ballroom, he pointed out all the changes he wanted to make to the 2,700-square-foot space, about half the size of the original club.
“The carpet has to go,” Epstein says. “We’re going to tear down the mirrored doors.”
Standing in a mirrored entranceway, he says, “The stage will go here.”