Situated in a prime location on Mineola Boulevard next to the , the once Winthrop Thrift Store on 117 Mineola Blvd. has been vacant for several years.
Dust collects on the windows and doors making it hard to notice the ‘117’ on the front door. Right next to it is a ‘For-Lease’ sign that has been up since the tenants left.
“It’s an old building and it’s hard to change but we’ll find someone eventually,” Land Use Institute President Clifford Sondock said.
Sondock suggested that the former business did not thrive before and the space does not receive buyers today due to the restricted zones of Long Island.
“We need more class regulations and less restrictive zones and things would be much better for Long Island,” he said. “It needs apartments near the train station because then there will be more vitality and more people to support the businesses.”
The once thrift store is just a two blocks away from and located in the heart of the downtown business district. It was Sondock’s feeling that since there are shops to eat inside the hospital, not many employees leave the hospital to support businesses.
The space offers 1,850 sq. ft. and includes the basement space.