Stew Leonard's first Long Island location took one step closer to reality Wednesday.

The farm fresh food grocer, nicknamed the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores" because of its country-fair atmosphere featuring costumed characters and animated entertainment, held a groundbreaking and tree planting on the site of its new store in Farmingdale. The event was to feature a special appearance by Wow the Cow, the store's costumed character mascot.

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In honor of Earth Day, the Leonard family also planned to plant an evergreen tree on-site. The new store will be located in Kimco Realty Corp.'s Airport Plaza shopping center. It is scheduled to open in early 2016.

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The 60,000-square-foot store, the family-owned company's fifth, will provide up to 400 jobs. The location was vacated by restaurant and entertainment business Dave & Buster's earlier this year.