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Retail Roundup: Chick-fil-A in, 4 other eateries out at Westbury site

The Westbury property is now occupied by four

The Westbury property is now occupied by four restaurant franchises -- Carvel, Subway, Nathan's Famous and Famous Original Ray's Pizza -- and an arcade. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Chick-fil-A is on its way in, while four other eateries and an arcade are heading out.  Where exactly they're headed is not being stated, at least not publicly.

I recently reported that Chick-fil-A had selected 1530 Old Country Rd. in Westbury as the site for one of the three new franchises the chicken sandwich chain wants to open on Long Island.

That address is now the site of a mini food court that contains a Nathan’s Famous hot dog spot, Carvel ice cream shop, Subway sandwich eatery, Famous Original Ray's Pizza, and an arcade, Family Gameroom.  All of them share the 12,503-square-foot, drive-thru building constructed in 1978.

That building is to be demolished and replaced by a 5,543-square-foot Chick-fil-A, whose final site plan received the Hempstead town board’s approval Sept. 20, town spokesman Mike Fricchione said. 

At this point, it’s unclear whether the businesses occupying the building will be relocating or closing completely to make way for Chick-fil-A, or how employees will be affected.

The existing five businesses, some of which are franchises, are operated by Brian Frank, who said his father also was involved in the operations.  Frank said the Nathan’s has been in the building the longest, 40 years, but said he could not immediately provide information on future plans for the businesses or comment further. 

Chick-fil-A is leasing the 1530 Old Country Road property from the owner, Westbury-based 525 Realty Inc., according to the building permit application submitted to the town of Hempstead in August 2017. 

The officers of 525 Realty are Kenneth Frank, shareholder and president, and Franklin L. Frank, shareholder and secretary, according to a document submitted to the town in December.

A spokeswoman for Nathan’s Famous, which is headquartered in Jericho, would say only that the chain’s Old Country Road franchise was leaving.

The corporate offices of Subway, which is headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, and Carvel, which is owned by Atlanta-based Focus Brands, did not respond to requests for comment.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. confirmed that it plans for its drive-thru restaurant in Westbury to open in 2019, as will its proposed eatery in the 5 Towns Shopping Center in Woodmere, but the chain declined to give further details until closer to the openings.

Retail Roundup is a column about major retail news on Long Island — store openings, closings, expansions, acquisitions, etc. — that is published online and in the Monday paper. To read more of these columns, click here. If you have news to share, please send an email to Newsday reporter Tory N. Parrish at tory.parrish@newsday.com.

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