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Hempstead religious store closes

Rosary beads

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Following the sale of a Hempstead Village building to a new owner, a medical office will replace the storefront where Walsh Conley Religious Goods store has, for more than half a century, showcased its vestments, rosaries, robes and other church-related products.

Walsh Conley, which did not immediately respond to messages Thursday asking about its plans, also sells online at

According to its website, founders Charles and Margaret Conley, and Veronica Walsh, opened the store in April 1954 at 36-38 North Franklin.

“Together they shared a vision — to supply religious goods to churches and to the public at large,” the site says.

“Today, after more than fifty years hence and still family-owned and operated from our original location in Hempstead, Long Island, we watch daily as their vision continues.”

The company is “a major supplier to churches and the public, worldwide — a full service religious and church goods provider, ranging from candles to books, from rosaries to vestments, robes and churchware, and even music and games!”

The real estate company handling the sale, Massey Knakal, said the mixed-use building, on the east side of Franklin Street between Fulton and Front Streets in Hempstead, New York, was sold for $575,000 in an all cash transaction.

The two-story building is about 5,328 square feet and sits on a 55- by 116-foot lot.

In addition to Walsh Conley, the building has three apartments on the upper floor. It has 55 feet of frontage on Franklin Street, a full basement and a parking lot for about 10 cars.

The sale price works out to $108 per square foot, Massey Knakal said.

Long Island Catholic, the online site of the newspaper of the Rockville Centre Diocese, reports that the shop will continue to sell online and by telephone at 516-485-4222 or 800-632-2729.

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