As more consumers flock to online retailers over brick-and-mortar stores, Long Island shoppers have seen some venerable commercial staples close many – if not all – of their locations locally. Here's a sampling of some of the retailers who have announced or shut down at least some of their Long Island stores in 2018:
Toys R Us
Toys R Us, which declared bankruptcy in 2017, shut all of its U.S. stores in 2018, including several Long Island locations. The last of the local stores closed in July.
Sears Holdings Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, announced three closings of Sears stores on Long Island this year. The Hicksville Sears closed in April and the New Hyde Park location shut its doors in November. Also, on Oct. 15, the day it filed for bankruptcy protection, Sears said that its store in Garden City would close near the end of the year as part of its restructuring.
Newsday reported in November that Modell’s Sporting Goods’ location in Riverhead would close the following month, with a real estate agent saying the chain thought the store was "too large for their stores of the future." The location space won't be vacant long, however, as it will be occupied by an Ashley HomeStore.
The struggles of Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holdings Corp., impacted the discount chain’s footprint on Long Island. The Kmart in West Babylon was shut in September, the Riverhead location closed two months later, and in November the Huntington location announced it would be closing in February.
A Bob's Stores location in Patchogue put signage up in November saying it was going to close that location. The chain's former parent company had filed for Chapter 11 in 2017, but two of the stores originally slated for closure in Selden and West Islip are still operating.
Target's Commack South location will shut in February as one of six underperforming stores in five states, the company announced in October.
Fortunoff Mattress didn't last long, as a pair of stores that opened in Carle Place (pictured) and Huntington Station in July closed in September after ownership decided it wasn't a feasible venture. A third planned LI location in Massepequa never opened.
Carvel, Subway, Nathan's Famous, Famous Original Ray's Pizza
A mini food court in Westbury offering Carvel, Subway, Nathan’s Famous and Famous Original Ray's Pizza, and an arcade closed this year, to make way for a Chick-fil-A location.
Casco Kids Furniture
Casco Kids furniture store in Centereach closed after 45 years in September, with owner Frank Casco citing consumers' changing shopping habits for the decision.
Leonardo Furniture owner Rami Macani decided to close his Westbury store in September, and also was planning to shut the chain's Rockville Centre location.
Rockport closed three locations on LI in 2018, with Riverhead (pictured) and Garden City locations shutting its doors in July, while the location at Deer Park went dark in May.
Super Fresh Food World
Super Fresh Food World in Garden City Park announced it was closing in August, the third grocery store in the City Park Plaza to shut its doors in the location since 2015.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond announced in September it would shut two Long Island locations, one in Inwood and the other in South Huntington (pictured) as part of a larger move to close about 40 stores nationwide.