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QuickChek clears zoning hurdle in Islip

QuickChek, a New Jersey-based convenience store chain, is

QuickChek, a New Jersey-based convenience store chain, is opening its first Long Island store in Lake Grove. Another is planned in Islip. Credit: QuickChek

Islip is one step closer to getting its own QuickChek.

The town board unanimously approved the New Jersey company's change of zone application for a proposed new gas station and convenience store at a hearing Thursday.

The 6,900-square-foot station would sit on the corner of Motor Parkway and Washington Avenue in Brentwood.

QuickChek is opening its first Long Island location in Lake Grove this year, and plans to build more in New York. "The family owned and operated chain has 12 locations in New York's Hudson Valley, with expansion plans in other regions of the state, including Long Island in mid-2014," its website says.

QuickChek stations also contain delis and prepare food, said company representatives. The Islip store anticipates hiring about 35 to 50 employees.

During the hearing, Councilman John Cochrane asked if the company plans to have generators on hand during storms such as superstorm Sandy, when widespread power outages made pumping gas difficult. The company plans to have generators delivered as part of storm preparation, according to representatives.

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt asked the company to consider making the beige, boxy storefront more attractive. "I think the residents deserve better architecture," she said. "If the applicant agrees to that, I think that would be helpful."

Some local business owners said the new station would affect their profit margins and that QuickChek was asking for zoning out of context with other businesses in the area.

"Essentially the applicant is seeking a custom-tailored down-zoning," said Howard Avrutine, a lawyer for local Shell gas station owner Raj Singh. "It will result in making this property an island . . . of less restrictive zoning."

Singh, whose station is at the same intersection as the proposed QuickChek, also told the board, "I think having an extra business is overkill."

Louis DeBiccari, owner of nearby DeBo's Deli, told the board his business will be hurt. "The items that QuickChek is offering, you can get next door any day," he said.

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