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QuickChek Proposal on Planning Board Agenda Thursday

Hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. at town hall.

A public hearing on the proposed QuickChek convenience and gas station proposal for Bayport is on the Town of Islip Planning Board agenda for Thursday, Dec. 5.

The board hearings begin at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Islip.

As reported by Patch in mid October, the NY-NJ metro-based gas station-food market chain has filed two applications for a special permit to operate a gas station and a special permit to operate a convenience store at the southwest corner of Snedecor Avenue and Montauk Highway in Bayport.

QuickChek’s applications were initially scheduled for a planning board public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 24 but the company requested an adjournment to the board’s Dec. 5 meeting, according to town officials.

The site now houses a home, a transmission business and auto sales. QuickChek is proposing a 6,584-square-foot building with 14 indoor seats and eight outdoor seats and eight fuel pumps.

Company officials presented their plan at a Bayport Civic Association meeting on November 19, and feedback was clear:  local residents are not in favor of the proposal due to traffic concerns and potential impact on other local businesses selling gas and food items.

Yet QuickChek representatives appeared undaunted by the feedback and believe the proposal will get approved by town planning officials.

The project was slated to be QuickChek’s first Long Island location but the company has already had a public hearing before the town board on a Brentwood location as well.

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.

The gas station/convenience store would be substantially bigger than the Hess station located in Bayport just west on Montauk Highway.
Patrick December 03, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Good luck stoping this monster now. I think it's already a done deal.
Ed Horcrantz December 03, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Dave Genaway was fired because he opposed this type of ridiculous development. Just what we need.... Another gas station. The developer is confident that the board will approve. Why is the developer do confident?
john b December 03, 2013 at 09:29 AM
How many times can the Islip Town Board ignore the will of the people and communities that they supposedly work for? Ed poses a good question as well, why is the developer so confident??
Rob E December 03, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Maybe if people get out and go to the hearing we can change the outcome. tI would seem they had the Civic Assoc. meeting in an effort to quell any resistance.
Salvatore A December 03, 2013 at 11:38 AM
As a community member I fully support this potential new business. Aside Hess the other stations lack modern services offered by stations across the country. WaWa's are a great example of what a gas / convenience business should look like. Coastal is a great example of what it shouldn't be. The bottom line is competition is good, and our local market will determine the success or failure of this business. It will force other service providers to augment their service offerings and customer experience. Further, strong new businesses, like Starbucks attract other strong businesses. At the end of the day that brings value to Bayport.
TedR December 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
But why can't they build within the zoning regulations. Why do they need bigger signs and brighter lights than what the current zoning laws allow? I am all for bring in business but relaxing zoning laws is not what would bring value to Bayport . I believe just the opposite. I think it would decrease home values especially to those who live near Montauk Highway. You don't move to Bayport to be closer to bright lights and noise.
crookhaven December 05, 2013 at 03:22 AM
fire john carney- useless public safety commissioner.
Patrick December 05, 2013 at 08:33 AM
I thinks it's obvious that a another gas station in not needed. Sharmock wasn't even open for a year before closing up. They even had cleaned it up from the old Jetco disaster. So if this monster goes out of business we can get another vacant property, just like the one near Blue Point Ave. That should help the property values?!?
Salvatore A December 05, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Zoning laws like many other laws are outdated and do not conform to today's business or personal needs. Hence the need for these meetings. The question is not, is it another gas station, pharmacy or bank. The questions are; are they a good business? Do they give back to the community? Do they provide a good customer experience? Do the have a mission aligned with your personal values? If you look at this corporations website, I did before I made up my mind, you will see their mission and values. In regards to Montauk Highway, well...it's a highway and I don't believe that this business would bring down values any less then the countless eyesores between Broadway and Nichols to be brutally honest. I would love a place where I could stop at 5 am for a good cup of coffee, a tank of gas and get greater with a smile. If you want the opposite of that stop at the corner of Bayport Ave and Montauk. Lastly, Shamrock closed because they did not provide additional value.
Steve H December 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Great points Sal. I agree, I doubt we would have GNC without Starbucks. The more good businesses that move into Sayville the better. Funny, I was just in. WAWA in New Jersey yesterday and thought, how could I get one of these in my town. If Quick Chek is anything like them I welcome them to Bayport. Maybe we could get a Jimmy Johns or Pot Belly sandwich which too, I love those places.
Mike December 06, 2013 at 09:40 AM
I am not sure that I agree with Sal and Steve H on this one. This family owned business that is proposed there is open 24hrs. We already have 2 places here.7-11 and the Coastal. After a certain time of night it gets to be pretty ugly at both places. The police have come many times to both. Do we really need another headache? In our small town of Bayport? Yes competition is good.But to a point. Costco in Holbrook put alot of people out of business. Why? Because nobody can compete with Costco. Sure Quick Chek is family owned. But they have alot of them to get a better deal on products etc. A family that owns one business can't compete with that. So to get a few cents cheaper on gas, be able to get a cup of coffee and a sandwich all in one place is worth putting out of business or certainly putting under extreme duress local business's that have been staples of the community for many years that have supported the community as well? I don't think so. Remember it isn't just gas stations that are going to be affected by this. Deli's as well. as quick chek will have all that sort of thing there with sit down as well. So we get a big 24hr 7 day a week operation with bright lights on in the middle of the night for their parking lot to possibly have vacant store fronts from going out of business? Not for me. And think of this as well. Quick chek might be family owned this week but doesn't mean they will not be bought out by a big corporation next week. Happens all the time and for all we know they could be heading in that direction. Did we all move to Bayport to have this kind of thing? I thought we all moved here to get away from this sort of thing. Remember: Once the tooth paste is out of the tube you can't get it back in. Meaning: Once they are open and the damage from it starts happening, you can't stop it.

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