New Hyde Park board considers convenience store food permit

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New Hyde Park board considers convenience store food permit
The New Hyde Park board is considering an application for a convenient store to sell food and tobacco items. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

The New Hyde Park Board of Trustees is considering an application for a convenience store  on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and South 10th Street to sell tobacco products and pre-packaged food items.

The board tabled its decision during Tuesday’s meeting and is waiting to hear from the Nassau County Planning Commission.

The applicant, Saad Murtaza, said the store would sell typical items found in a mini-mart, including chips, soda, candy and other packaged grocery items.

This will be Murtaza’s second store. He previously had a location in Queens that closed after three years.

Murtaza said the store was closed to find a better location.

He also said the store will sell beer and has already received its beer license.

Murtaza said in the future he would like to sell nonpackaged deli items, but would return with another application for that.

The store will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to start, Murtaza said.

He added that in the future he would like the store to be open 24 hours a day to allow police officers and firefighters to have access at all hours.

Murtaza previously violated village code when the store put a sign up without a permit.

Murtaza said the sign was taken down when he was notified, and the issue is pending a court hearing.

He also said there will likely be about five or six employees, including him, his father and his uncle. There will be two to three employees in the store at all times.

Murtaza also said he will try to have delivery trucks come earlier in the day to avoid getting in the way of commuter traffic.

During the meeting the board also approved two requests for summer block parties, one on Aug. 4 on North Fifth Street between Brooklyn and Lowell avenues and one on June 9 on Sixth Avenue between South Eighth and South Ninth streets.

The board also approved three requests for car washes, to be held on June 2, June 9 and July 28.

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