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'Huge' Gas Mart Will Kill Mom-Pop Stores, Says Bayport Business Owner

Petition opposing QuickChek features over a 1,000 signatures.

Businesses in Bayport and Blue Point are mostly what are described as ‘mom and pop’ operations that have served the community for decades and the list includes Aladdin Fuel, the oldest gas station in Bayport.

But the two-generation, family-owned fuel company, at 806 Montauk Highway, believes its longevity will be threatened if a proposed QuickChek convenience-gas operation is given the green light to build at the corner of Snedecor Avenue and Montauk Highway, less than a block west of the 48-year-old establishment.

“We opened in 1965 and we’re what you call the mom and pop,” co-owner Brian Bergen told the Town of Islip Planning Board Thursday night during a public hearing on the QuickChek proposal. 

“This store should not be opened and it will negatively impact our community,” he stated as he unrolled a nearly 20-foot long petition of resident signatures objecting to the project.

“We’ve got 1,002 signatures in opposition to this,” he said, noting that Bayport already has four gas stations operating with 68 fuel nozzles available. “With this we’ll have five and 84 nozzles within the same half-mile radius.”

The petition effort, launched about three weeks ago, was a collaborative effort by Bayport gas stations, including Coastal and Hess, and stores including Furci’s, Satellite Pizza and local delis. 

The store owners aimed to send a strong message to Islip officials that the project would not only hurt mom and pop operators, but also negatively impact the character Bayport, said Bergen in a phone interview Friday morning.

“This will put all the other stations at a competitive disadvantage and it’s going to take business from every place that sells food,” Bergen said. “Everyone will lose a little bit of business.”

Aladdin Fuel sells gas as well as home heating oil. Losing the gas portion of the business will lead to the demise of the business as the cash flow is what keeps the fuel company running, said Bergen. “The gas business is essential,” he said.

But just as important, he said, is the fact that a 65,000-square-foot convenience store isn't a good fit for Bayport.

“What I question is whether people in Bayport want to be known as the ‘Gasoline Alley’ of Long Island and also the home of what will likely be the biggest gas station on Long Island,” said Bergen. 

“This is huge in scale. It’s the size of a small supermarket and it doesn’t conform to the character of this small hamlet.”

Tom Mariner December 06, 2013 at 11:53 AM
As a Bayport resident, the character of our town is vital. Real estate interests would LOVE to have us reach the tipping point of making our section of Montauk Highway a sleazy strip mall with big buck rents. Why don't they pick on Patchogue where uber-development seems to run the show -- those residents want it. Go a few blocks north to Sunrise highway or West to the Islips -- they seem to be content to have their residential character destroyed. And where is our planning board that is so intrusive if I want to change a bathroom? The Real Estate folks want the whole area to be Queens. QuickCheks MINIMUM requirement is 25,000 cars a day and a 5,400 to 7,000 foot facility!! Are you KIDDING? If this is approved by Islip, maybe the town needs another incorporated village of Bayport, just like Islandia, where we can control our own destiny -- my gigantic real estate taxes say I should be able to!!
Linda K. Havron December 06, 2013 at 02:07 PM
I'm curious as to how QuickCheck chose Bayport. At the mtg. the real estate agent said they prefer to buy property but would have to lease this area. Hmmm.....really? Try Sunrise Highway, not a quiet, charming hamlet. That's why we moved here in the first place!
Judy Mottl (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Earlier Patch articles noted that QuickChek scouted it out and has about 25-50 other locations it's looking at on LI.
Judy Mottl (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM
They are leasing as the owner won't sell in this case. In all other situations they bought the property.
Patrick December 07, 2013 at 10:40 AM
From what I heard the property owner also owns subway and the bagel store next to it. Is this true?
SouthBay December 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Anyone who does not want this institutional- looking behemoth to be dumped in a really bad spot HAS to write the Islip Town Planning Board with your objections. BCA Pres. Bob Draffin raised points that are effective in killing disastrous proposals like this: traffic concerns, safety for kids by the school, fire department access, it houses a building of historical value... not to mention 6,500 square feet is DRASTICALLY OUT OF SCALE with the area's other buildings- that means it is inconsistent with the nature and character of the neighborhood (keep in mind lovely homes are a stone's throw away. ) The Chairman is John Schettino and the address is 655 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751. A formal letter is the BEST. He needs to hear from us!!!
KMK December 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM
SouthBay couldn't have put it better! WRITE, WRITE, WRITE ! The 100 or so that showed up at Town Hall Thursday night to speak against QuickChek was a start but not even close to what kind of output Bayport will need to keep this from being built on one of the busiest corners of our little town. Bayport has a population of approx. 8000. Come on EVERYONE WRITE A LETTER !! And to answer Patrick's question....Yes, it's true.
SouthBay December 08, 2013 at 08:58 AM
And get your KIDS to write!!
Patrick December 08, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Guess I am not going to subway anymore.
SouthBay December 09, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Or the bagel store. Or the frozen yogurt place. Support a business that cares about and supports their neighboring businesses and community. It just makes sense!
Ed Horcrantz December 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM
I heard the owner of the friendly bagel store and subway is the owner of the property. He lives in Bayport. Maybe if we boycott his business he will come to his senses. Just what we need, another fast food gas station. This guy needs to be run out of town.
Steph January 03, 2014 at 11:46 AM
The frozen yogurt place has nothing to do with H

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