Aid Auto Stores Shuts Down, Leaving Vacancy [Empty in Rocky Point]

Small chain closing means another empty lot in Rocky Point.

Almost two months after Aid Auto Stores after being in business on Long Island since 1966, the Rocky Point location has gone dark.

The store ran a "Going Out of Business" sale during that time period, and now the spot is up for lease. This location joins the door as the two vacant spots in the Crossroads Plaza West where Route 25A and North Country Road meet.

The center is still left with , , , and along with the two vacant lots.

What should replace the now closed Aid Auto Stores at this location in Rocky Point? What kind of business do you think would work here, and what kind would fail? Tell us in the comments section below.

Justin Time September 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM
How about a TD Bank on one end, and a super CVS in the middle? The other stores won't last long anyway.
Tom September 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
We need another Dollar Store. How about some more pizza or bagle store?
Carol C. September 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Oh no, we definitely need more nail salons!
JT82 September 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Trader Joe's would be cool. I didn't realize that they don't franchise out.
DG September 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
It has become a joke in Rocky Point- the Pizza, the nails, the hardware stores. Let the Target in! You will see life here again. Trader Joe's another good idea. We need businesses that draw people in and that people will use. It will spur this troubled area. Soon the entire strip will be empty......
Kenniee September 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Yeah Trader Joe's!!!
Greg Amendola September 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
that store struggled for years, with advanced auto moving into the old CVS they sealed aid- auto's fate- the other issue is that it yet another empty store front, but when a new chain wants to come to town they will put up a new building and leave this one along with many other's empty
MP resident September 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Excellent. I'd love a Trader Joe's here.
Patrick Gilmore September 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Christina September 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Id LOVE a Trader Joes closer to us. I hate having to go to Lake Grove.
aj September 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM
old navy
Jodi September 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Trade joes, panera, borders, Denny's, tropical smoothie, Dave n busters, olive garden, lots of things that we do t have tO travel too
Engineer September 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Strip Joint.
Jill Longisland September 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Trader Joe's is the best idea - I don't like having to drive all the way to Lake Grove either. Panera's is also a good idea. Trader Joe's is best of all. Anyone know how to get these messages to them?
Marie G Lavin September 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM
One thing is for sure, if you open another of the same kind of business when we already have 3 ( auto stores)then one of them is going out of business. Unfortunately, it's the little guy who has been here since 1966. Wake up and think before you let another unnecessary store set down. As the public has stated , there are plenty of things we don't have: a Tader Joes, an Old Navy, A second breakfast place besides the diner (I-Hop, Dennys), Panera Bread etc etc. WHY did you let anotherAuto business set down, just because there was an empty space, Quess what! there is still an empty space, it just moved down the block a bit!
Anton September 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
So a better business can't open and compete with an existing business? The government should dictate that a business should continue to operate regardless of how it performs? What country are we living in? Bottom line is Aid Auto sucked; they didn't change with the times, and they were overpriced...Advance almost always either has the part in stock or can get it to the store in a day. The people behind the counter actually know something about cars. Aid almost never had what I needed, and anything they didn't have took a week to get, which is why I stopped going there for parts years ago. If it was such a great store, it would still be there. Survival of the fittest...that's capitalism. Maybe some of the other stores you mentioned looked at the demographics and decided they wouldn't do well, who knows. Just because a few people want another Old Navy (the one in Riverhead isn't close enough?) doesn't mean it will succeed. Didn't the Borders just close down across from the mall (probably because of Amazon)? Denny's...really?? If you let capitalism work, only the best businesses will survive. That's the way it should be. Once the government starts interfering, not allowing certain businesses, blocking permits, etc., you end up with vacant lots.
Anton September 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I say any business who wants to fill the spot should be permitted. If you let a select few in the local government decide what should be there it will remain vacant forever.
DG September 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Exactly..... and this is why the proposed Target has never happened nearby and why that site is empty. Target or a Trader Joe's would spur business in that area and Rocky Point in general. As a town we are letting others and government decide our fate.
BBM September 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Parking in Crossroads Plaza is inadequate for any businesses larger than a Starbucks, which would be nice. There are none between Miller Place and Manorville, and the traffic would be manageable. A Panera is terrific, but is RP enough of a destination, especially mid-week at lunchtime, to sustain such a large business? And as I look at my neighbors and myself, I wonder, do we really need another low-nutrition, high fat/high calorie destination joining Carvel, McDonald's, and Moe's? Please, can we aspire to better quality? I'd stuff the ballot box for a Trader Joe's somewhere in Rocky Point, perhaps on the east side of the Kohl's shopping center. Their high quality, reasonably-priced house brand would give Waldbaum's quite a run for their money, and they would attract business from miles around. A big box store such as a Target (as great as it is), WalMart, or even an Old Navy would make 25A impassable, day and night. I would love to have a bookstore again, but I'm afraid Amazon IS the way of the future. It was not just the Lake Grove Border's that closed; the entire chain went out of business (and I wouldn't be surprised to see B&N follow suit, as long as they sell at retail prices). I've long had a dream that RP would demand that, for every new strip mall, the builder must place in escrow the funds needed to return the land to the wild, if the mall remains empty for six months.
DG September 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
All good comments. I do not agree with the traffic and 25a impassable issue. I really think and wish that if RP was forward thinking enough, it would push for its future and what it desires. RP needs the income, the jobs and the contemporary necessities just like other communities. You can bet that once a Target, Old Navy or other went in the general area, it would create stimulation. The roads would be adjusted and upgraded to handle and these dying strips would live again. Please look at the strip all the way from the angle across from the ball fields to the dead site of the old driving range. All dying businesses. The retail here needs anchors to draw the people in to the other businesses. You can see the Kohl's area growing and doing well. It has been stimulated. Target and these modern businesses are not being allowed by a few but are hurting the whole.
Captain Howard Hawrey September 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The biggest problem with any store in that shopping lot is getting in and out of it. The entrance in and out is so close to the light on 25a. Has anyone ever even had the right situation to use that "outlet" on the north side of the parking lot? Due to this unfortunate set up any smart business would look anywhere else to set up before using that shopping center.


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