A NY-NJ metro-based gas station-food market convenience chain is quietly eyeing a Bayport location to build its first Long Island location.
QuickChek, whose nearest location to Long Island is Fairview, New Jersey, is reportedly looking to purchase or lease the property at the southwest corner of Snedecor Avenue and Montauk Highway. The three-parcel site now houses Bayport Transmission, a used car lot and a residential parcel along the railroad tracks.
Company officials reached out to the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce and the Bayport Civic Association to discuss the possible store project, according to Bob Draffin, civic president.
“This isn’t anything on a drawing board and there is no application [to Town of Islip]. They just wanted to meet with us about it and discuss the potential project,” Draffin told civic members at the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday night. Chamber President Kathy Heinlein attended the meeting along with Draffin.
QuickChek is a family-owned company founded in 1967 that runs more than 130 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, and employs more than 3,500 workers.
In addition to gas pump bays, the locations offer fresh dairy, sliced deli and fill-in grocery products in a local community superette format, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner takeout and catering services. Stores also offer a full pharmacy service.
According to its website, proposed locations for a QuickChek gas station/store require at least two acres, traffic of 25,000 cars daily, a corner property with signal intersection, room for a 5,400 to 7,000 square foot building and at least 40-car parking capacity as well as 24-hour operation use.
It would be substantially bigger than the Hess station located in Bayport just west on Montauk Highway, said Draffin.
“It would be the fifth gas station in Bayport,” noted Draffin. “[Montauk Highway] is becoming a bank, gas station, a bank, gas station [roadway].”