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Whole Foods to open Commack store in King Kullen location

The Whole Foods Market in Lake Grove on

The Whole Foods Market in Lake Grove on Oct. 7, 2014. Another Whole Foods will move into Commack, the company announced on May 5, 2016. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

High-end supermarket chain Whole Foods Market will open a Commack store in 2019, its fourth on Long Island.

Whole Foods will be taking over a portion of the 60,000-square-foot space at 120 Veterans Memorial Hwy. currently occupied by a King Kullen.

The lease of the King Kullen Commack store expires in September 2017. The store has 78 full-time and part-time employees.

Until the King Kullen closes, “customers will experience the same outstanding shopping experience they have enjoyed since we opened in 1997,” Joseph Brown, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer of King Kullen, said in a statement. “We will continue to explore new locations and anticipate offering employees relocation to our other stores.”

The newest grocery store for Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods will be about 45,000 square feet. Typically, a store of its size will employ 150 to 200 employees, the chain said.

“Commack is a great location for us to be able to expand our reach and expand our service to the residents of Long Island,” Whole Foods spokesman Michael Sinatra said in a statement. “We’ve continuously heard from residents throughout the Island about their desire for us to add stores and come closer to their home. And we’re excited to do that in Commack.”

Whole Foods has other store locations in Manhasset, Lake Grove and Jericho. The company currently has no other plans to expand on Long Island, Sinatra said.

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