Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Let’s take Jericho east to west and see what is open nighttime: A Dunkin’ Donuts, Stop 24, CVS Pharmacy, the station and store at Jericho and Roslyn Road, 7-Eleven at Mineola Boulevard, and the station and store at Herricks. This is not counting Starbucks on Glen Cove Road and another 7-Eleven at Westbury Avenue. One can get anything day and night close by.
Mr. Harry Singh wants to build a Bolla Market on Jericho Turnpike near residential homes and says that due to New York State high gas taxes, he needs the store to be 24 hours. This is an empty argument. The gas profit margin is the same as in other states.
Traffic is not an issue. It is the same whether it goes here or there. As to another issue, I see nothing wrong with residential neighborhood solitude.
What I see as troublesome is that Mr. Singh has 85 stations and many with stores. If he opens a new one, with what he has, he can afford to operate it for quite some time with lower prices and at a deficit which could destroy the present established businesses. Many of these businesses have existed a long time and have top priority. Except for the chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, CVS and 7-Eleven, they are vulnerable. Don’t allow that they be destroyed. Having another station and store is not a life and death issue.