Why popular chains have avoided Long Island


Some of the nation’s largest and popular retailers have avoided coming to Long Island because of its competitive marketplace, expensive real estate and administrative red tape.

Two big names in the mid-Atlantic region, grocery giant Wegmans and convenience chain Wawa, have yet to put roots on the Island, even though they are expanding nearby.

Rochester, New York-based Wegmans, which was the only grocery chain to earn an “excellent” grade from Consumer Reports readers in a May survey, plans to open its first New York City store, in Brooklyn in 2019.

Philadelphia-based Wawa, which already is in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is expanding in both states.

Roy Rogers, the Frederick, Maryland, restaurant chain that left Long Island in 2010, said it is in discussions to get back into the market, although it doesn’t have a timetable for its return.


The Cracker Barrel restaurant group, of Lebanon, Tennessee, O’Reilly Auto Parts, of Springfield, Missouri, Bob Evans Restaurants, Dollar General, Ross Dress For Less and Waffle House are among the national chains not on Long Island.

The long process of getting government zoning approvals discourages some retailers from expanding here, said David F. Chinitz, president and CEO at Park Place Realty Group in Melville.

“It could take less than 45 days to get something approved elsewhere, but that same process could take two years or more here,” Chinitz said.

Nevertheless, Long Island’s higher-than-average median household income and dense population outweigh its drawbacks for many other chains.

“Disposable income generally offsets the extra costs, which is why most of the retailers are here,” Chinitz said.

Thirty nine of the 50 largest retailers by 2016 sales, according to the National Retail Federation, have locations on Long Island. Of the 11 that aren’t here, all but three are regional grocery stores.

The median household income in Nassau County rose more than 3 percent to $105,870 in 2016, up from $102,403, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data. Suffolk County’s median household income rose 4 percent to $92,933, from $89,488 in 2015.

Those figures compare with a national median household income of $59,039 in 2016.

Stew Leonard’s has recently opened two Long Island stores, overcoming challenges that new chains face.

The supermarket originally tried to open on Long Island in 2002 at Route 110 and Conklin Street near Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. The plans fell through after objections by local aviation officials, pilots and the state Department of Transportation, which said the location would put shoppers too close to the airport’s main flight path.

But when the Dave & Buster’s restaurant pulled out of Airport Plaza, Stew Leonard’s took that space for its first Long Island supermarket, in January 2016. It opened a second store, in East Meadow, in August.

“We knew we wanted to be on Long Island,” said Stew Leonard Jr., president and chief executive of the family-owned company.

“For our stores, at our size, to be supported properly, we need to have a pretty good population in the area,” Leonard added. “The Long Island market works because of that. Also, we’ve learned that Long Island is full of foodies.”

Online competition poses a challenge for retail expansion, said Herman A. Berliner, an economist and dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University in Hempstead.

“But when you look at the overall numbers, we have an amazingly low vacancy rate here, especially among our largest and economically most significant malls,” Berliner said.

Below are nine popular national and regional chains that are near Long Island, but are not here.




Wegmans

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.

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




Wawa

HEADQUARTERS: Philadelphia

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.

“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




Roy Rogers

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.

“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




Cracker Barrel

HEADQUARTERS: Lebanon, Tennessee

NUMBER OF STORES: 645

CLOSEST STORE: Milford, Connecticut

If you’ve driven America’s highways, chances are you’ve passed a Cracker Barrel.

The restaurant features Southern cuisine such as Momma’s Pancake Breakfast and Chicken n’ Dumplins.

The chain’s locations each have a porch with rocking chairs and are decorated with about 1,000 Americana artifacts.

Most stores also feature an old-time general store, where the chain sells about 83,000 rockers, 3.4 million pieces of women’s apparel and 14 million thin-stick candies per year, the company said.

Its first location opened in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1969. Expansion in the 1990s and early 2000s brought it nationwide. About 40 percent of its 217 million annual guests are highway travelers.

“They associate themselves with highways,” said Thomas Shinick, an adjunct professor of marketing and management at Adelphi University in Garden City. “That’s not conducive to what we have on Long Island.”

The company doesn’t have a blueprint to expand to Long Island, said spokeswoman Breeanna Straessle, though it does plan to open up to nine restaurants over the next year.

There was speculation in 2015 the chain was coming to Commack, but the company said there was no such plan. — Ted Starkey




O’Reilly Auto Parts

HEADQUARTERS: Springfield, Missouri

NUMBER OF STORES: 4,934

CLOSEST STORE: West Haven, Connecticut

O’Reilly Auto Parts opened in the mid-1950s, during America’s postwar expansion into the suburbs. By 1975, O’Reilly had grown to $7 million in sales at nine stores in southwest Missouri.

The company grew more rapidly after it went public in 1993, and it now has stores in 47 states.

On Long Island, competitors such as Advance Auto Parts, Napa Auto Parts and AutoZone are already established. “There is quite a saturation of auto parts stores on Long Island,” Shinick said.

An O’Reilly executive said competition has never kept it from expanding.

“We have not been first to market, almost ever,” said Mark Merz, vice president of investor relations, financial reporting and planning at O’Reilly. “We just haven’t gotten to Long Island yet.”

Shinick said that if O’Reilly came to Long Island, it would face an additional challenge because the percentage of leased cars — 62.7 percent of new car acquisitions, according to consulting company IHS Market — is about twice the national average.

“The cars here are newer, and they [rarely] break down,” he said, and are under warranty when they do. — David Reich-Hale




Bob Evans Restaurants

HEADQUARTERS: New Albany, Ohio

LOCATIONS: 523

CLOSEST TO LONG ISLAND: Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Bob Evans was a farmer and businessman in southeastern Ohio who started his food career by making sausage for his diner in 1948. He opened his first Bob Evans branded restaurant in Rio Grande, Ohio, in 1962. The company opened its 100th restaurant in 1983 and now has more than 500 locations in 18 states. Most are in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and South.

The privately owned chain pitches hospitality and food quality — the Bob Evans name is in the sausage display of many supermarkets — and its restaurants have all-day breakfasts and a country-living theme.

Bob Evans branched out in 2004 when it purchased California-based Mimi’s Café chain, a French-themed eatery. The company sold the 145-location chain in 2013 for $50 million, less than half of the original $103.3 million it paid for it.

Following the sale, the company went back to focusing on Bob Evans expansion. The company wouldn’t comment on growth plans. — Ted Starkey




Dollar General

HEADQUARTERS: Goodlettsville, Tennessee

LOCATIONS: 14,000

CLOSEST TO LONG ISLAND: Bronx

Discount chain Dollar General, which bills itself as “America’s neighborhood general store,” was the 20th-largest chain in the country in 2016, with more than $20 billion in sales, according to the National Retail Federation. It is the largest retailer without a Long Island presence that isn’t a regional grocery store.

The first Dollar General store opened in in 1955 in Springfield, Kentucky, where no item sold for more than $1.

By 1989 the chain had 1,300 stores in 23 states. Most products cost $10 or less.

The company opened its 14,000th location in August. It now has stores in 44 states.

Despite the chain’s reach, none are on Long Island. The company didn’t respond to questions about its expansion plan. — Ted Starkey




Ross Dress For Less

HEADQUARTERS: Pleasanton, California

LOCATIONS: 1,340

CLOSEST TO LONG ISLAND: East Windsor, New Jersey

The company launched in 1982 when six junior department stores in the San Francisco area converted into Ross Dress for Less. It is known as an off-price apparel and home fashion retailer.

Along with 1,340 locations in 36 states as of last year, the company also operates 193 dd’s Discounts locations. Ross launched those in 2004.

The store expanded eastward from its California roots and eventually moved into the mid-Atlantic during the 2000s.

The company said on its corporate website that it has a goal of reaching 1,500 to 2,000 stores nationwide, but it didn’t specify where the expansion would be. The closest Ross Dress for Less location to Long Island is in central New Jersey. The company didn’t comment on its expansion plans.

Last year Ross ranked 35th in the United States among retailers, with $12 billion in sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

Ross is the second-largest discount clothing retailer in the country, behind only TJX Cos., which owns TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. — Ted Starkey




Waffle House

HEADQUARTERS: Norcross, Georgia

LOCATIONS: 1,500+

CLOSEST TO LONG ISLAND: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Waffle House opened its first restaurant on Labor Day weekend in 1955 in suburban Atlanta. It has grown into a Southern staple along interstates and towns.

The brand is known for its distinctive yellow signs, friendly service and inexpensive food that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most locations feature a jukebox that patrons can use to play Waffle House-branded songs such as “Waffle House for You and Me.”

The brand is so ubiquitous in the region — and so well run —that FEMA has a “Waffle House Index,” which shows whether the company’s restaurants are functioning after a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

The company serves an average of 145 waffles per minute.

While there are no Waffle House locations in New York State, there are two roughly 100 miles west of the Island in the industrial Pennsylvania cities of Allentown and Bethlehem. — Ted Starkey

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Long Island unemployment rates for August 2017

The overall unemployment rate on Long Island for August 2017 rose to 4.4 percent, up 0.2 percentage points from where it was a year earlier, according to data from the state’s Department of Labor. Valley Stream and Lindenhurst saw the largest increases, each going up 0.5 percentage points. The bar chart shows August rates for 2017 and 2016 and the table below gives details, including for July 2017. The rates are not seasonally adjusted. You can read more about the rates here.

Local jobless rates for August

Details on the monthly unemployment rates

August 2017 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,499,200 1,432,800 66,400 4.4
         
Nassau County 709,600 679,500 30,100 4.2
Freeport Village 23,000 21,800 1,200 5.1
Glen Cove City 14,200 13,700 600 4.0
Hempstead Town 404,700 386,600 18,100 4.5
Hempstead Village 27,900 26,400 1,500 5.3
Long Beach City 19,800 19,100 700 3.7
North Hempstead Town 114,200 109,800 4,400 3.8
Oyster Bay Town 156,600 150,300 6,300 4.0
Rockville Centre Village 12,200 11,700 500 4.1
Valley Stream Village 20,000 19,000 1,000 4.9
         
Suffolk County 789,600 753,300 36,300 4.6
Babylon Town 113,800 107,900 5,900 5.2
Brookhaven Town 258,500 246,100 12,400 4.8
Huntington Town 105,800 101,500 4,300 4.0
Islip Town 181,900 173,100 8,700 4.8
Lindenhurst Village 15,700 14,800 800 5.3
Riverhead Town 16,200 15,500 700 4.4
Smithtown Town 60,800 58,400 2,400 4.0
Southampton Town 29,200 28,100 1,100 3.8
         
New York City 4,237,100 4,020,300 216,800 5.1
New York State 9,730,100 9,257,100 473,000 4.9
         
July 2017 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,520,300 1,452,600 67,700 4.5
         
Nassau County 719,900 689,100 30,700 4.3
Freeport Village 23,300 22,100 1,200 5.2
Glen Cove City 14,400 13,800 600 3.9
Hempstead Town 410,600 392,100 18,500 4.5
Hempstead Village 28,300 26,800 1,500 5.4
Long Beach City 20,100 19,300 700 3.6
North Hempstead Town 115,900 111,400 4,500 3.9
Oyster Bay Town 158,900 152,400 6,400 4.1
Rockville Centre Village 12,400 11,900 500 4.1
Valley Stream Village 20,300 19,300 1,000 4.9
         
Suffolk County 800,400 763,500 37,000 4.6
Babylon Town 115,300 109,400 5,900 5.1
Brookhaven Town 262,100 249,400 12,700 4.8
Huntington Town 107,200 102,900 4,300 4.0
Islip Town 184,300 175,500 8,800 4.8
Lindenhurst Village 15,900 15,000 800 5.3
Riverhead Town 16,400 15,700 700 4.4
Smithtown Town 61,600 59,200 2,500 4.0
Southampton Town 29,600 28,500 1,100 3.7
         
New York City 4,280,300 4,066,100 214,200 5.0
New York State 9,827,000 9,350,100 477,000 4.9
         
August 2016 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,490,900 1,428,300 62,600 4.2
         
Nassau County 705,300 677,400 28,000 4.0
Freeport Village 22,800 21,700 1,100 4.8
Glen Cove City 14,100 13,600 500 3.7
Hempstead Town 402,300 385,400 16,800 4.2
Hempstead Village 27,700 26,300 1,400 5.1
Long Beach City 19,700 19,000 700 3.4
North Hempstead Town 113,600 109,500 4,100 3.6
Oyster Bay Town 155,700 149,800 5,800 3.8
Rockville Centre Village 12,200 11,700 500 3.7
Valley Stream Village 19,900 19,000 900 4.4
         
Suffolk County 785,600 751,000 34,600 4.4
Babylon Town 113,200 107,600 5,600 5.0
Brookhaven Town 257,400 245,300 12,100 4.7
Huntington Town 105,100 101,200 3,900 3.7
Islip Town 180,700 172,600 8,100 4.5
Lindenhurst Village 15,500 14,800 700 4.8
Riverhead Town 16,100 15,400 700 4.3
Smithtown Town 60,500 58,200 2,300 3.8
Southampton Town 29,100 28,000 1,100 3.7
         
New York City 4,147,700 3,918,100 229,700 5.5
New York State 9,627,100 9,152,800 474,300 4.9

Long Island unemployment rates for June 2017

The overall unemployment rate on Long Island for June 2017 rose to 4.2 percent, up 0.2 percentage points from where it was a year earlier, according to data from the state’s Department of Labor. The Village of Freeport showed the largest percentage-point increase, rising to 5 percent from 4.5 percent in June 2016. The Town of Huntington rose 0.4 percentage points, up to a rate of 4.0.
The charts show June rates for 2017 and 2016 and the table below gives details. Read more.

Local jobless rates for June

Details on the monthly unemployment rates

June 2017 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,511,900 1,448,500 63,500 4.2
         
Nassau County 716,800 687,300 29,500 4.1
Freeport Village 23,200 22,100 1,200 5.0
Glen Cove City 14,300 13,800 500 3.8
Hempstead Town 408,700 391,100 17,600 4.3
Hempstead Village 28,200 26,700 1,500 5.2
Long Beach City 20,000 19,300 800 3.8
North Hempstead Town 115,500 111,100 4,400 3.8
Oyster Bay Town 158,200 152,000 6,200 3.9
Rockville Centre Village 12,400 11,900 500 3.9
Valley Stream Village 20,200 19,300 900 4.4
         
Suffolk County 795,100 761,200 33,900 4.3
Babylon Town 114,500 109,000 5,400 4.7
Brookhaven Town 260,100 248,600 11,400 4.4
Huntington Town 106,800 102,600 4,200 4.0
Islip Town 182,800 175,000 7,800 4.3
Lindenhurst Village 15,700 15,000 700 4.7
Riverhead Town 16,300 15,600 700 4.1
Smithtown Town 61,400 59,000 2,400 3.9
Southampton Town 29,500 28,400 1,100 3.7
         
New York City 4,220,700 4,034,900 185,700 4.4
New York State 9,739,700 9,298,700 441,000 4.5
         
May 2017 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,477,500 1,420,300 57,300 3.9
         
Nassau County 700,500 674,100 26,400 3.8
Freeport Village 22,700 21,600 1,000 4.6
Glen Cove City 14,000 13,500 500 3.6
Hempstead Town 399,200 383,600 15,600 3.9
Hempstead Village 27,400 26,200 1,300 4.6
Long Beach City 19,600 18,900 700 3.6
North Hempstead Town 112,900 109,000 3,900 3.5
Oyster Bay Town 154,700 149,100 5,600 3.6
Rockville Centre Village 12,100 11,700 400 3.5
Valley Stream Village 19,700 18,900 800 4.1
         
Suffolk County 777,100 746,200 30,900 4.0
Babylon Town 111,800 106,900 4,900 4.4
Brookhaven Town 253,800 243,700 10,000 3.9
Huntington Town 104,400 100,500 3,900 3.7
Islip Town 178,700 171,500 7,200 4.0
Lindenhurst Village 15,400 14,700 700 4.5
Riverhead Town 16,000 15,300 700 4.1
Smithtown Town 60,000 57,800 2,100 3.6
Southampton Town 28,900 27,800 1,100 3.8
         
New York City 4,201,700 4,023,700 178,000 4.2
New York State 9,614,900 9,204,700 410,200 4.3
         
June 2016 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,501,700 1,442,200 59,500 4.0
         
Nassau County 711,300 684,200 27,100 3.8
Freeport Village 23,000 22,000 1,000 4.5
Glen Cove City 14,300 13,700 500 3.6
Hempstead Town 405,400 389,300 16,100 4.0
Hempstead Village 27,900 26,600 1,400 4.9
Long Beach City 19,900 19,200 700 3.5
North Hempstead Town 114,700 110,600 4,100 3.6
Oyster Bay Town 157,100 151,400 5,700 3.6
Rockville Centre Village 12,300 11,800 500 3.9
Valley Stream Village 20,000 19,200 800 4.1
         
Suffolk County 790,400 757,900 32,400 4.1
Babylon Town 113,800 108,600 5,200 4.6
Brookhaven Town 258,500 247,600 10,900 4.2
Huntington Town 106,000 102,100 3,800 3.6
Islip Town 181,900 174,200 7,600 4.2
Lindenhurst Village 15,600 14,900 700 4.4
Riverhead Town 16,200 15,600 600 3.9
Smithtown Town 61,000 58,800 2,200 3.7
Southampton Town 29,400 28,300 1,100 3.8
         
New York City 4,127,700 3,913,500 214,200 5.2
New York State 9,644,700 9,189,200 455,400 4.7

Long Island job levels in June

The total, non-farm sector job count on Long Island rose by 21,500 to 1.37 million in June 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to the state’s Labor Department. Leading the increases were the private educational and health services sector, which rose by 9,400, leisure and hospitality, which rose by 5,100, and trade, transportation and utilities, which increased by 3,700. Click on the trend lines below for details on the 10 sectors going back to 1990. The table below gives details for the 2017 and 2016 levels. Read more about
the June job levels.

Jobs in the 10 sectors on Long Island

More detailed breakdown of 2017 vs. 2016

Industry (job levels in thousands) June 2017 June 2016 Pct change in year
TOTAL NONFARM 1,374.9 1,353.4 1.6%
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,172.2 1,153.1 1.7%
Total Goods Producing 149.8 151.0 -0.8%
Construction, Natural Resources, Mining 79.2 79.1 0.1%
Specialty Trade Contractors 56.8 55.0 3.3%
Manufacturing 70.6 71.9 -1.8%
Durable Goods 38.8 40.5 -4.2%
Non-Durable Goods 31.8 31.4 1.3%
Total Service Providing 1,225.1 1,202.4 1.9%
Total Private Service-Providing 1,022.4 1,002.1 2.0%
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 281.4 277.7 1.3%
Wholesale Trade 72.5 70.2 3.3%
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 34.9 34.5 1.2%
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 27.1 26.8 1.1%
Retail Trade 164.3 164.0 0.2%
Building Material and Garden Equipment 13.9 14.1 -1.4%
Food and Beverage Stores 37.5 37.3 0.5%
Grocery Stores 30.9 31.0 -0.3%
Health and Personal Care Stores 13.5 13.2 2.3%
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores 19.1 19.2 -0.5%
General Merchandise Stores 26.4 26.2 0.8%
Department Stores 20.0 20.1 -0.5%
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 44.6 43.5 2.5%
Utilities 4.9 4.8 2.1%
Transportation and Warehousing 39.7 38.7 2.6%
Couriers and Messengers 5.2 5.5 -5.5%
Information 18.7 19.7 -5.1%
Broadcasting (except Internet) 0.9 1.0 -10.0%
Telecommunications 8.4 8.8 -4.5%
Financial Activities 71.9 73.3 -1.9%
Finance and Insurance 53.5 54.9 -2.6%
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities 20.4 20.5 -0.5%
Depository Credit Intermediation 11.6 11.7 -0.9%
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities 26.4 27.6 -4.3%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 18.4 18.4 0.0%
Real Estate 14.5 14.4 0.7%
Professional and Business Services 182.0 179.0 1.7%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 82.4 81.4 1.2%
Legal Services 18.2 19.1 -4.7%
Accounting, Tax Prep., Bookkpng., & Payroll Svcs. 14.6 13.5 8.1%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 16.8 16.5 1.8%
Admin. & Supp. and Waste Manage. & Remed. Svcs. 82.8 81.1 2.1%
Education and Health Services 268.0 258.6 3.6%
Educational Services 38.0 39.5 -3.8%
Health Care and Social Assistance 230.0 219.1 5.0%
Ambulatory Health Care Services 91.4 86.8 5.3%
Hospitals 65.7 62.0 6.0%
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 35.0 33.8 3.6%
Social Assistance 37.9 36.5 3.8%
Leisure and Hospitality 138.4 133.3 3.8%
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 29.9 27.8 7.6%
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 23.1 21.3 8.5%
Accommodation and Food Services 108.5 105.5 2.8%
Food Services and Drinking Places 103.5 99.1 4.4%
Other Services 62.0 60.5 2.5%
Personal and Laundry Services 24.2 23.9 1.3%
Government 202.7 200.3 1.2%
Federal Government 16.5 16.7 -1.2%
State Government 24.3 23.9 1.7%
State Government Education 12.1 11.5 5.2%
State Government Hospitals 1.4 1.4 0.0%
Local Government 161.9 159.7 1.4%
Local Government Education 106.6 104.4 2.1%
Local Government Hospitals 2.9 2.8 3.6%

Long Island job levels in February

The private, non-farm sector job count on Long Island rose by 30,600 to 1.3 million in February 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to the state’s Labor Department. Leading the increases were the private educational and health services sector, which rose by 10,300, trade, transportation and utilities, which increased by 8,700 and professional and business services, which went up 7,400. Click on the trend lines below for details on the 10 sectors going back to 1990. The table below gives details for the 2017 and 2016 levels. This database was posted on March 23, 2017.

How Long Island’s 10 sectors have done in February

How the 10 sectors break down year over year

Industry            (job levels in thousands) Feb. 2017 Feb. 2016 % change
TOTAL NONFARM 1,313.5 1,282.9 2.4%
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,114.7 1,087.6 2.5%
Total Goods Producing 141.5 141.4 0.1%
   Construction, Natural Resources, Mining 70.7 70.2 0.7%
         Specialty Trade Contractors 51.1 49.2 3.9%
   Manufacturing 70.8 71.2 -0.6%
      Durable Goods 39.5 40.0 -1.3%
      Non-Durable Goods 31.3 31.2 0.3%
Total Service Providing 1,172.0 1,141.5 2.7%
Total Private Service-Providing 973.2 946.2 2.9%
   Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 276.1 267.4 3.3%
      Wholesale Trade 71.8 69.2 3.8%
         Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 34.1 34.4 -0.9%
         Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 26.3 25.9 1.5%
      Retail Trade 161.0 156.6 2.8%
         Building Material and Garden Equipment 11.8 12.1 -2.5%
         Food and Beverage Stores 36.0 35.1 2.6%
            Grocery Stores 29.9 29.6 1.0%
         Health and Personal Care Stores 13.3 12.8 3.9%
         Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores 18.7 18.0 3.9%
         General Merchandise Stores 26.1 26.0 0.4%
            Department Stores 19.9 19.9 0.0%
      Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 43.3 41.6 4.1%
         Utilities 4.8 4.6 4.3%
         Transportation and Warehousing 38.5 37.0 4.1%
            Couriers and Messengers 5.1 5.3 -3.8%
   Information 19.1 19.3 -1.0%
         Broadcasting (except Internet) 1.1 1.0 10.0%
         Telecommunications 8.5 8.6 -1.2%
   Financial Activities 70.7 71.5 -1.1%
      Finance and Insurance 53.4 54.4 -1.8%
         Credit Intermediation and Related Activities 20.3 20.4 -0.5%
            Depository Credit Intermediation 11.7 11.7 0.0%
         Insurance Carriers and Related Activities 26.8 27.3 -1.8%
      Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 17.3 17.1 1.2%
         Real Estate 13.8 13.7 0.7%
   Professional and Business Services 173.5 166.1 4.5%
      Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 82.6 80.0 3.3%
            Legal Services 18.6 18.7 -0.5%
            Accounting, Tax Prep., Bookkpng., & Payroll Svcs. 15.1 14.4 4.9%
      Management of Companies and Enterprises 16.5 16.4 0.6%
      Admin. & Supp. and Waste Manage. & Remed. Svcs. 74.4 69.7 6.7%
   Education and Health Services 266.0 255.7 4.0%
      Educational Services 41.6 42.9 -3.0%
      Health Care and Social Assistance 224.4 212.8 5.5%
         Ambulatory Health Care Services 88.0 84.8 3.8%
         Hospitals 64.6 60.2 7.3%
         Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 34.1 32.9 3.6%
         Social Assistance 37.7 34.9 8.0%
   Leisure and Hospitality 110.5 108.7 1.7%
      Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 15.2 16.9 -10.1%
         Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 11.4 12.2 -6.6%
      Accommodation and Food Services 95.3 91.8 3.8%
         Food Services and Drinking Places 90.8 87.1 4.2%
   Other Services 57.3 57.5 -0.3%
         Personal and Laundry Services 22.5 22.3 0.9%
Government 198.8 195.3 1.8%
   Federal Government 16.7 16.5 1.2%
   State Government 25.1 24.7 1.6%
      State Government Education 13.6 13.0 4.6%
      State Government Hospitals 1.4 1.5 -6.7%
   Local Government 157.0 154.1 1.9%
      Local Government Education 105.8 103.3 2.4%
      Local Government Hospitals 2.9 2.8 3.6%

Dow closes above 20,000: What does it mean?

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 20,000 mark for the first time Wednesday, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market. The other major U.S. stock indexes were also moving higher, led by banks and other financial companies.

The market has been marching steadily higher since bottoming out in March 2009 during the Great Recession. The rally continued after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

What is the Dow?

The Dow Jones industrial average is an index of 30 major publicly traded companies designed to reflect the broad U.S. economy. The Dow is populated by corporate giants like Apple, Exxon Mobil and McDonald’s.

Why is it rising?

The Dow climbs when its member stocks rise, which happens when investors expect those companies’ profits to grow. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and other Dow components have rallied as the Trump administration moves to scale back government regulations and cut corporate taxes.

What does Dow 20,000 mean to my 401(k) or IRA?

That depends on what securities your retirement accounts hold. A rally in the Dow may not be reflected in a retirement account invested in bonds or precious metals. Accounts holding large-capitalization stocks could see a benefit.

What does it mean to me if I don’t have any stock investments?

Strength in the Dow reflects optimism about the U.S. economy at least in the short term. Those expectations can translate to hiring and economic expansion of businesses in general.

What does it mean to the LI economy?

Though no Dow components are based on Long Island, some have units here, contract with local companies or employ commuters from Nassau and Suffolk counties. And many Long Islanders work on Wall Street, whose health is signified by the strong Dow.

What do analysts say?

In and of itself, it is just a number, but what it does is it lifts market expectations, in essence, to continue moving higher.

– analyst Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial

Dow Jones Industrial Average over time

NYC Supermarket and grocery store violations

NYC SUPERMARKET AND GROCERY STORE VIOLATIONS

New York State has recorded violations against 902 supermarkets, delis and food stores in the past year in New York City. Twenty-four stores had at least 20 violations. Click on the borough you want to examine, or check Long Island.

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Long Island Supermarket and grocery store violations

LONG ISLANDSUPERMARKET & GROCERY STORE VIOLATIONS

New York State has recorded violations against 133 supermarkets, delis and food stores on Long Island over the past year. Twenty-three stores had at least 15 violations. Scroll down to view the Long Island map or click one of the links below to load New York City areas.

Long Island Supermarket & Grocery Store violation map

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