Stew Leonard’s Announces Site for Second Long Island Store
Store in East Meadow, N.Y. Expected to Open in Mid-2017
Norwalk, Conn. – January 28, 2016 – Farm fresh food grocer Stew Leonard’s today announced that East Meadow, N.Y. will be home to its sixth grocery store and second location on Long Island.
The new Stew Leonard’s store in East Meadow will be 70,000 square feet and located on Front Street, just off of Hempstead Turnpike, in the Serota Organization’s East Meadow Mall, which will be renamed Stew Leonard’s Marketplace and completely renovated in the coming year. Construction on the new store will start in the summer of 2016 with an anticipated opening date of mid-2017. Earlier this month, the farm fresh food grocer opened a 60,000 square foot store in Farmingdale, N.Y.’s Airport Plaza on Route 110. Stew Leonard’s was represented by their exclusive broker Jeffrey L. Nable of Ripco Real Estate in both the East Meadow and Farmingdale transactions.
The family-owned and operated store, nicknamed the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by The New York Times, was founded as a dairy store in 1969 in Norwalk, Conn. and has grown to include four other locations in Danbury and Newington, Conn. and in Farmingdale & Yonkers, N.Y. The company has received worldwide acclaim for excellence in customer service, and was included for ten consecutive years on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” list. The store also annually donates tens of thousands of dollars to their local communities via the in-store Wishing Well as well as through gift cards, Team Member volunteerism, and food donations.
“Our family is very excited. We were thrilled with our store opening in Farmingdale and it encouraged us to expand on Long Island. We have had a warm reception from the town officials,” said Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stew Leonard’s as our newest tenant,” said owners Geoff and Charles Serota of the Serota Organization in a joint statement. “The East Meadow Mall will begin renovations, including a de-malling process, to create an open, first-class and exceptionally unique retail space for our shoppers.”
Once opened, the 70,000 square foot store will provide up to 400 jobs, a portion of which will be fulltime, offering a full array of benefits. Unlike traditional grocery stores that sell an average of 30,000 – 60,000 items, each Stew Leonard’s store carries only 2,200 items, chosen specifically for their freshness, quality and value.
Recognized as “The World’s Largest Dairy Store” by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Stew Leonard’s is best known for its farm fresh food, dedication to customer service and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The store also offers farm-fresh milk, which comes directly from family owned dairy farms in the New York metro area, a “from scratch” in-store bakery, cut-to-order butcher shop, and fresh seafood department, while sourcing many other products from local farms, suppliers, and other vendors on Long Island and throughout the States of New York and Connecticut. Most notable is an in-house kitchen, where throughout the day a 50-person culinary team prepares a variety of hot foods for the in-house catering department, buffet bar, and refrigerated meals to go.
About Stew Leonard’s
Stew Leonard’s, a family-owned and operated fresh food store founded in 1969, has five stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and Farmingdale & Yonkers, N.Y. with a sixth store planned in East Meadow, N.Y. Stew’s earned its nickname, the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store that keep children entertained while parents shop. Stew Leonard’s legion of loyal shoppers is largely due to the stores’ passionate approach to customer service: “Rule #1 — The Customer is Always Right”; Rule #2 – If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1.” This principle is so essential to the foundation of the company that it is etched in a three-ton granite rock at each store’s entrance. The company’s culture is built around an acronym for S.T.E.W.: Satisfy the customer; Teamwork gets it done; Excellence makes it better; WOW makes it fun. For more information, visit Stew Leonard’s website at www.stewleonards.com.
About Ripco Real Estate Corp.
Ripco Real Estate Corp. was founded in 1991 as a boutique firm specializing in retail real estate in the New York Tri-State area. The goal of the company was to combine our expertise in both owner and tenant representation in a friendly, hard-working, and intelligent manner. Our success has been based upon forming long-term relationships and putting our clients’ needs first. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of detailed information, enabling our clients to make educated decisions about their real estate needs. Ready for the hunt. Retrieving the win. Ripco Real Estate has been a trusted companion to the commercial market for over 23 years. If you’re a retailer looking for the perfect location or a developer looking for the perfect tenant, we are here to meet your needs. Our relentless curiosity for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area and our ability to back up our recommendations with demographics, statistics and just about everything else, have made Ripco “best in show.”
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