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Poll: Vacant Blockbuster Video in Mineola

What would you like to see fill the vacant space left by Blockbuster?

For scores of Mineola residents, the store on Jericho Turnpike was a comfort zone to rent movie videos and browse new releases.

But when the parent company filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 23, 2010 and was subsequently taken over at auction by the Dish Network, store closings by the hundreds soon followed.

The Blockbuster Video at 500 Jericho Turnpike was apparently one of those designated for closing, though was not among any of the stores recently listed for closing. The Mineola location shut its doors sometime around election day.

The Mineola locale offers ample parking, is near to Jericho Turnpike, and is attached on one end to the shopping center featuring .

The 6,500 sq. ft. property that used to be Blockbuster is available for lease or rent.

In Monday’s Patch question, we want to hear what business you would like to see fill the vacancy? What store do you think would work in this location, one block from the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Herricks Road.

Patch will regularly spotlight vacant commercial properties in effort to initiate a discussion within the community about alternative uses for these abandoned places. If you’d like to know more about a specific property, please also comment below.

John Carway November 22, 2011 at 02:55 PM
We are always sad to see any business close in Mineola. Aside from the eventual blight that could occur if the property stays vacant too long, the loss of jobs, the loss of conveniance and the general economic loss all impacts Mineola. But Blockbuster had or was in the verge of becoming an anachronism. Both Blockbuster and Netflix offer movies on line for quick and inexpensive download or for streaming. But it is yet a loss of another kind; that of simplicity. Nothing takes the place of physically browsing among new and old filmswith some of the oldies offered for sale Now we become required to update our computers to have the latest or fastest just to see a movie. Even if we only used that old computer for email and an occasional letter, the demand is now to UPGRADE.
Maureen vincennie November 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Help I have an overdue video. That I kept for 2 weeks past due date, it was under hunbys front seat of car. He thought I returned it I thought he returned it kinda thing. they left one reminder message that it was late, but nothing about the store closing. I went last night and store was closed. What do I do?

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