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Sayville Chamber Polling Members on Target Proposal

Downtown commerce group wants storeowners' feedback on how to respond to big box store project.

The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce is asking members for input on the proposed Target store project and states Islip Town made "no effort" to contact the group or notify them of the public hearing held on the proposal last Thursday by the town planning board.

In the email letter sent out Thursday morning, Chamber President Bill Etts writes that he welcomes comments and concerns.

"Please share them with me and I will try to take what action I can to if not stop at least delay the process if possible. Please send me your input," states the letter. Business can email Etts at sayvillechamber@aol.com.

As Patch reported Wednesday town planning officials are likely to greenlight the retail store plan and stated that the economic impact to the local business district isn't a issue given that the zoning remains the same.

Reaction to the proposal, on Patch's Facebook page and the story comments indicate most residents are relieved the flea market is closing but aren't so unified on the proposed store. Many would rather see a boutique food retailer such as Trader Joe's.

Patch will have a story later today on residents' responses. Readers who would like your comment to be included can email Patch at judy.mottl@patch.com or comment below.

Kmichel October 18, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I really miss 2002... Woulda been great to bring that back for the local teenagers to have something fun and safe to do. However, I'm perfectly fine with Tarjayyy coming to Sayville ! ☺
Vito October 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
When did "chamber of commerce" become synonymous with "obstructionist". Perhaps we don't see or read about proposals these chambers approve of, but the only time I see the chamber acting it is to try to stifle competition and progress. Too many times I don't see this activity being in the best interest of the community.
patricia pausewang October 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I don't think Target will effect Main st.. I shop Main st. for the small shops that carry unique gifts. Main st offers a totally different type of shopping than Target. I will continue to shop both, and would look forward to a shorter commute to Target. Less gas money spent means more money to spend on Main st.
James H October 18, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I think the shops on main street will do fine. The people shopping at the Home Store will continue to do so. This will most likely effect Stop & Shop the most. I personally prefer the groceries and prices at Target.
john b October 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM
This should all but finish K-Mart off. A supermarket like Uncle Giuseppe's or even Trader Joes is a much better choice.
Laurie October 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
It should be none of the chamber's business. They don't care how they over-inflate their prices or carry items that are mostly 'wants' and not 'needs'. It is not my job to patronize their poorly thought-out business venture (another gift shop? another aroma therapy store??? another BANK ?????) and it is not their right or responsibility to decide whether or not a big box store takes over on a major highway am mile away.
Clare N October 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I am not sad to see the flea market leave Sayville. It has always been a "bone of contention" with residents here, as it largely brings a bad element to our wonderful town. A Target would be slightly better, although the traffic at the corner of Broadway and Sunrise Highway would be unbelievable. Although, any large store would likely bring alot more traffic. One reader suggested "Trader Joe's" which is a great idea. A more upscale, trendy grocery store is more in line with the residents of this quaint town.
Teresa C. October 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The idea small town can compete with lg retailer pricing is wrong-as they shouldn't even specialize in similar product/services. Think about the volume of consumers brought to the area?..That's healthy for all! A major highway is ideal for big box stores...and Main st is perfect for unique boutique shopping. There's room enough for all to thrive as long as each retailer adhere to their individual competetive edge.
Judy October 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Yes, a Trader Joes would be great and it probably wouldn't effect the shops and food stores in the local area.
Ben Vitale October 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I agree! Trader Joe's.
Ed Horcrantz October 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thank Islip Town for breaking promises. The new administration promised no new taxes and sold their bill of goods to the local chamber that they were friends of small business. Well Sayville....are you happy now?
BayBlue1 October 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM
The Target is going to impact Kmart and Stop and Shop more than any downtown business. I can not imagine that anyone that already shops on Main Street Sayville is going to switch to Target. Putting in CVS stores and Walgreens every 1/2 mile does much more damage.
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Linda E April 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I welcome the new Target. I am not able to afford shopping in many of the stores on Main Street and I feel there are many others in the same boat. We have many tourists who frequent Main Street and I don't think the Target will change that either.

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