The Best Market in Great Neck Plaza will close its doors in February, leaving peninsula residents with fewer local options to purchase their groceries.
Jay Corn, vice president of the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District, confirmed that the Best Market in The Gardens at Great Neck Plaza at 40 Great Neck Road will close in mid-February.
Corn called the closing of the store “a big hole to fill” and said no one to his knowledge was lined up to replace the grocery store. Corn said the lack of sufficient parking in the shopping center was problematic for the store.
Efforts to reach a representative of Best Market, Kaplan Equities, which oversees tenants in shopping center, and Great Neck Plaza officials for comment were unavailing.
The Germany-based company Lidl purchased 27 New Jersey and New York Best Market stores, 24 of which are located on Long Island, in January 2019 for an undisclosed price. The company said in early January that it will remodel 12 Best Market stores on Long Island that will be converted to Lidl stores this year, three of which will begin undergoing renovations in February.
The Great Neck location, according to a Lidl news release, will shutter due to not meeting size and leasing requirements, the specifics of which were not disclosed.
The loss of the Best Market leaves the Great Neck peninsula with one less option for groceries. After the store shuts its doors in mid-February, the main grocery stores on the peninsula will be Everfresh Supermarket on Middle Neck Road, Shop Delight on Welwyn Road, H Mart on Great Neck Road and Associated Supermarkets on Middle Neck Road.