By late morning the parking lot of the Huntington Station Food Plaza was packed and cash registers beeped steadily as fresh produce, baked goods and meat were scanned during the grand opening.

The 20,000-square-foot full-service supermarket at 2035 New York Ave. -- most recently a thrift store -- continues revitalization efforts in the neighborhood. Other recent steps include new streetscaping, some affordable housing and the demolition of a former auto repair shop that will become the site of a plaza and 10,800-square-foot mixed-use building.

Town officials are hoping other business owners will be attracted to the area to continue stabilization efforts in a neighborhood that has suffered from blight and crime.

"This store offers a sense of community," Huntington Town board member Glenda Jackson said Friday. "It's within walking distance for many residents, it has a variety of healthy foods. It's a great addition."

Inside at the deli counter, Sunita Torres, 30, a Huntington Station resident, called the store a "bright spot in the middle of such dinginess."

"I think the store will build up community spirit," she said. "It's amazing how your perspective changes when you come into a place like this."

On hand for the ribbon-cutting were Suffolk Legis. Lou D'Amaro (D-North Babylon), Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, board members Susan Berland and Mark Mayoka, community activists, residents and store owner Javiar Tineo.

"We're very happy to be here," Tineo said.

As Darlene Beaubrun checked the price on fresh Italian bread, the 18-year resident of Huntington Station said the market was a welcome addition. "It's nice not to have to drive to other areas to shop," she said. "As long as the prices are fair. We'll have to see."

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