Long Island has its share of chains opening new locations in the region. Here is a look at some of those, including Chick-fil-A, Stew Leonard's, Starbucks and Shake Shack.
Founded in Jacksonville by former firefighter brothers, Firehouse Subs is a Subway alternative that serves cold cuts, footlong and other sandwich varieties. The company is expanding on Long Island, with one location in Nassau and one opening in Suffolk soon, according to franchisee Jordan Leibner.
Island-inspired fashion retailer Tommy Bahama is opening a new store May 22, 2015, at Walt Whitman Shops. The store will carry the Tommy Bahama collection of men's and women's sportswear, swimwear, footwear and accessories, as well as home decor items. Tommy Bahama already has an outlet store at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. This store is in a Las Vegas mall.
Starbucks is still in growth mode. The Seattle-based coffee chain is opening a new location in Southampton. Above, a sign is seen at the Hampton Bays location.
Shake Shack is looking to build again, and add its first location in Suffolk on Route 110 in Melville. The company is going through the site approval process.
Chick-fil-A is set to open its first Long Island location this fall, a company spokeswoman said. The Atlanta-based fast-food restaurant will open on Route 347 in Port Jefferson Station, according to spokeswoman Anne Lerner, who said that a former car dealership must first be demolished.
Philly Pretzel Factory
The Philly Pretzel Factory is opening its first Long Island location, on Jerusalem Avenue in Bellmore. The franchise is slated to open in late May.
QuickChek, a New Jersey-based convenience store chain, is targeting expansion on Long Island. The company opened a 24-hour store in Lake Grove in the fall. Construction on a second store, at 648 Motor Pkwy. in Hauppauge, is expected to start in the spring, and the company has said it hopes to open two additional stores per year in the future.
Noodles & Co.
Fast-casual dining chain Noodles & Company plans to open four new locations on Long Island this year, with the first slated to open this spring off Sunrise Highway in Patchogue. The restaurant, which specializes in noodle and pasta dishes of American, Italian and Asian origin, will open its other three locations in Farmingdale, Garden City and Hicksville. Pictured is the Noodles & Co. location at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza.
Panera Bread expects to open three more stores in 2015, in Garden City, Glen Cove and Patchogue. Panera will have 30 Long Island locations by year's end. The Panera Bread in New Hyde Park is pictured here.
Specialty arts and crafts retailer Michaels Companies Inc. will open a new store later this year in a long-vacant location on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon, near the Deer Park border. It was once home to a Sears store.
Stew Leonard's will open a location on Long Island in Farmingdale where a Dave & Buster's once stood. It's the first regional breakthrough for the famous chain, which is revered in southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County.
The Denny's Grand Slam meal is now available in North Babylon, where the chain recently expanded on Deer Park Avenue, right next to the popular Wally's bagel shop.
Retro Fitness touts itself as a "low-cost, high-value concept" gym. Retro Fitness, founded in 2004, has more than 130 gyms in 14 states. It plans to add a Long Island location this summer, when it opens the doors to its Hempstead Village location.
There seems to be no end in sight to the number of 7-Eleven stores Long Island can support. The Texas-based chain has said Long Island stores make up some of the most successful in the chain. The chain continues to look for more locations.