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Oct 7, 2015 11:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Best Yet Chain Will Take Over Westhampton Beach Waldbaum's

After months of speculation that the Waldbaum's Supermarket located on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach will be closing, Best Market announced on Tuesday that they will be taking over the location. GREG WEHNER
Oct 8, 2015 10:56 AM

The Waldbaum’s supermarket on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach will soon become part of the Best Yet Market family, according to officials with the Bethpage-based supermarket chain.

Though no date has been set for the transfer, nor has the name “Best Market” or “Best Yet” been picked for the Westhampton Beach location, officials representing the chain have confirmed that they will be taking over the market. The closest Best Market store is in Riverhead.

“We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve Westhampton Beach,” said Alejandra Soto from Stu Loeser & Company, the communications firm that is representing Best Yet. “We look forward to bringing our fresh, healthy, ‘Better For You’ brand to new customers and are confident that they will be excited by the transformation our stores represent.”

Representatives for the chain, which currently operates 20 Best Yet and Best Market supermarkets in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—including 16 on Long Island—would not confirm if the company bought the supermarket outright, or won the right the buy the business through a recent auction held by Waldbaum’s bankrupt parent company, the New Jersey-based Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company.

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company officials have not returned calls seeking additional information.

Sard Verbinnen and Company, a Manhattan-based company that is representing the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, has refused to answer any questions about the deal involving the two supermarket chains.

In late August, The Press reported that the Westhampton Beach Waldbaum’s would close its doors for good on September 11, a decision suggesting—at least at the time—that its parent company was having a hard time finding a potential buyer for the Sunset Avenue store.

That article was based on a conversation between Westhampton Beach Building and Zoning Administrator Paul Houlihan and one of the supermarket’s managers after the village responded to a complaint about grease leaking from the supermarket’s trash compactor to a nearby storm drain. The manager had told Mr. Houlihan that he could not get A&P to fix anything at the store since it would be closing for good on September 11.

A&P officials did not return multiple calls placed over several weeks seeking confirmation of the reported closure.

Mr. Houlihan said this week that no one from Best Yet or A&P has contacted his office about the sale.

“I haven’t heard a word on anyone purchasing the Waldbaum’s location,” he said. “Nobody has contacted the village.”

He did note that he and others are hopeful that the new tenants of the Sunset Avenue building, which is owned by Staller and Associates in Hauppauge, follow through on earlier plans to renovate the store and expand to the northern end of the building, in space that was once occupied by National’s. Waldbaum’s had plans to expand to that space but then later abandoned them, leaving it vacant for years.

A woman who answered the phone Wednesday morning at Staller’s office said she had not yet heard that Best Yet was going to take over the Waldbaum’s in Westhampton Beach, later adding that the company has no plans to sell any of its properties.

She hung up on a reporter after he asked for her name.

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Great for Westhampton. Hopefully they will consider a location close to Southampton Village. Maybe, Morrow should consider contacting them to see if the "as of right" size he can build in Tuckahoe would be good enough for their needs since a mega market is not likely to be approved.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Oct 7, 15 12:24 PM
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Hopefully they will be utilizing the entire building including both the Waldbaums and National sections.
By VOS (1173), WHB on Oct 7, 15 12:28 PM
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Lucky them. WISHHHHHHHH they'd replace SHV Waldbaum's, but will take Stop n Shop as a second prize.
By foodwhiner (140), Southampton on Oct 7, 15 2:42 PM
best yet is a bargin store not very high end
By 27dan (2658), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 7, 15 8:42 PM
As good or better than Waldbaum's (RIP)
Riverhead's may be small & dumpy. The other stores are bigger and cleaner. Citarella & Schmidt are pretty high end to me. Something affordable would be Best, pun intended.
By foodwhiner (140), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 9:59 AM
I agree Best Yet in Riverhead is dumpy,

Why cant we get somthing nice like a Wegmans or Whole foods
By Erin 27 E (1186), hampton bays on Oct 7, 15 8:53 PM
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Trader Joes!!! East end long island needs a trader joe's
By DonQuixote (4), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 3:20 PM
Good news. Read in the Long Island News Daily that Stop and Shop is planning to open its stores in East Hampton and Southampton next week on October 16.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Oct 7, 15 11:12 PM
Why cant we get somthing nice like a Wegmans or Whole foods

By Erin 27 E (1186), hampton bays on Oct 7, 15 11:38 PM
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Best Yet is very low end. That store in Riverhead is third world
By ADAMSG (53), EAST QUOGUE on Oct 8, 15 1:51 PM
On quality of fish, produce and meat, Best Yet knocks Waldbaums out of the park. Plus, the prices are unbeatable!
By charliezap (4), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 11:18 PM
I buy quality meat at Justin's Chop Shop and seafood from Cor-j's
Never equate cheap with quality. That Riverhead store id filthy
By ADAMSG (53), EAST QUOGUE on Oct 9, 15 8:35 AM
try the east Patchogue store. it's clean and well stocked
By hamptonsnrcit (46), sag harbor on Oct 12, 15 2:28 PM
Best Yet recently moved to the old Burlington Coat Factory building in Lake Grove. They did a great job fixing up the building and the store is amazing.

By rightwing (18), East Quogue on Oct 18, 15 8:10 PM