12.30.2015 LIBN | Grocery store to replace Greenlawn Waldbaum’s
By David Winzelberg

After the closing of Waldbaum’s supermarket in Greenlawn last month left neighborhood residents without a place to shop for groceries, a local food retailer now plans to open a store there.

The owners of Southdown Marketplace, who operate upscale grocery stores in Huntington and Northport, are looking to open a “value-oriented” food market in about half of the 40,000-square-foot space left vacant by Waldbaum’s in the Greenlawn Plaza retail center on Pulaski Road.

The lease for the Waldbaum’s in Greenlawn was purchased by Shanghai Enterprises for $3.26 million, as part of the bankruptcy-induced sale and closing of 296 stores under parent company Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Shanghai has been negotiating with the new grocery tenant and landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust in filling the former Waldbaum’s space.

Southdown principal Michael Zoitas told LIBN that the new Greenlawn grocery won’t be called Southdown and that the company is still working on a name for the store. He added that the Greenlawn store will likely include an on-site pharmacy as well.

“We’re looking forward to opening there to serve the Greenlawn community, especially so we can fill the void that was created when Waldbaum’s closed,” Zoitas said. “It’s a new shopping option so no one from the neighborhood will have to travel for their groceries.”

Jayson Siano, a principal of Garden City-based Sabre Real Estate Group, which is the exclusive leasing broker for the 106,000-square-foot Greenlawn Plaza, said the firm is excited to bring back a grocery store to the community.

“We’ve been fielding a lot of calls from concerned neighbors that they wouldn’t have a place to shop for their daily needs,” Siano said. He added that he is still unsure of who will occupy the other 20,000 square feet of the to-be-divided former Waldbaum’s space.

“We have had a lot of interest in the remaining space,” Siano said.

Officials at Rockville, Md.-based Federal Realty didn’t respond to calls requesting comment. Besides Greenlawn Plaza, the company also owns four other Long Island retail properties including Hauppauge Shopping Center, Huntington Shopping Center, Huntington Square in East Northport and the Melville Mall.

Federal Realty bought back the lease for the 54,000-square-foot store that Waldbaum’s had occupied in the Melville Mall, but hasn’t yet leased the space.

Details for the Greenlawn grocery are still being hammered out, so an opening date has yet to be scheduled.