North Shore Report: Big Week for Local Biz

Talbot's will leave, LA Fitness moves in and a few photographers take over a historic general store.

Store openings and closings were a common theme across the north shore of Suffolk County this week. Let's take a look at a few of the headlines.

The good news is much of the clothing at the in Commack's Mayfair Shopping Center is deeply discounted. The bad news, the sale will end with another vacant storefront in the area.

Talbot's, known for its conservative women's clothing, is closing 25 stores nationwide deemed underperforming, which is only the latest wave of closings for the troubled retailer. Talbot's shuttered 83 stores last year.

Meanwhile, The Barn along Smithtown's Main Street will likely close up shop after it shuts down for renovations in a few weeks, the owner told Patch. The shop, formerly Dairy Barn, is one of several drive-thru convenience stores in the immediate area including ones in Kings Park, St. James and Setauket.

LA Fitness is making big moves both nationally and in our communities. The gym chain has purchased Bally's Fitness, which puts the Lake Grove branch under its control. LA Fitness said it will convert Bally's into LA Fitness and honor Bally's memberships, even though it runs another gym just a short walk up the road.

It's not the only news surrounding LA Fitness. The gym also plans to on Main Street in Smithtown.

Since opening in Port Jefferson, owner Carl Bachmann is trying to cement his place in the community by offering good deli food at an affordable price. So far, he's off to a good start.

And in Miller Place, the historic Davis General Store has a new tenant: Keith and Alexis of .

The couple is hoping that foot traffic will yield new customers during the warmer months, while visitors to the nearby Christmas Tree Farm could bring traffic in the fall and winter.

BillLongisland February 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
A liquor store is a perfect fit.
CJ M. February 05, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Staples is moving into the office max and michaels into the borders
Candyee February 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Thanks for the info .
Eddie Soto February 17, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Staples Coming Soon Signs are up so the Store in Bally's Shopping Center will probably move again into the bigger location I doubt Staples would keep both stores open since they are so close maybe convert current location into a Staples Express like in NYC but I doubt that you'll see that. Most likely just another move for that store
Eddie Soto February 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
LOL moving from one side of the road to the other :P


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