Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00
The Village of Mineola Board recently approved Maxim Hygiene, a feminine hygiene products distribution company, to sell food at its 121 East Jericho Tpke. location.
Owner Kenneth Alvandi plans to offer gluten-free food and natural beverages at the shop. He’s operated in Mineola since January.
“Everything we would buy has a long shelf life,” he said. “It’s all pre-packaged, not cooked.”
Alvandi has invested more than $150,000 in the spot. Operating hours for retail space would be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Five workers would be employed on the premises.
Hygiene products include cotton-based care items for women. Alvandi said the cotton products are produced in Europe.
“These products are high-quality, high-end, personal care products,” Alvandi’s attorney, Bonnie Parente, said. “The company’s principal philosophy is based on offering eco-friendly, clean, safe, allergy and irritation-free products that improve quality of life.”
Alvandi previously operated a distribution in Canada for 15 years, making sanitary pads. He said the switch from “conventional” products to organic items was a natural move.
“I needed to make the switch,” Alvandi said. “Based on my experience, I saw that conventional products, even brand names, is not healthy and creates problems, like rashes. All our products are 100 percent cotton.”
Mayor Scott Strauss needed reassurance on waste storage and pickup.
“There’s not much waste,” Alvandi said. “We have a container for garbage.”