2011 in Review: Top Farmingdale Business Stories

A recap of the top Farmingdale stories of 2011.

As 2011 comes to a close,  is recapping the top stories of the past year. New and old businesses battled a tough economy this year and new developments are underway in the Village and Route 110 business districts.

Top Business Stories of 2011

The grocery store closed in March and since then the EPA has been monitoring it for an underground  issue. A realtor has said a  may happen soon.

The Village of Farmingdale  approved the site plan of a  that will be located on the corner of Secatogue Avenue and S. Front Street. The site plan was first brought to the board in late 2010. Since then, a land swap agreement was negotiated between the developer, Anthony Bartone, and the village, which allowed the village .

 Farmingdale this September when the Crazy Donkey owners abruptly announced the closing.

: The New York Times gave a positive review to Farmingdale's new Mexican restaurant on Main Street.

, : Main Street lost two staple stops this fall. Whirlin Disc Record Store closed after decades in Farmingdale to be an online-only business and Infinite Yarns is now located on Hempstead Turnpike.

Long Island was awarded $101.6 million for economic development after competing in the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative and nearly $2 million of that will go to projects in Farmingdale, one at  and another at 

  The neighboring church decided not to expand onto the empty Chase property and Village officials decided to not allow restaurants to be a permitted zoning use there, ending plans for the high-end restaurant group to build on the site.

The owners of Farmingdale's newest coffee business have traveled all over the world to find some of the best coffee bean farms and brought back these authentic coffee beans to roast right here in Farmingdale. 

: The Farmingdale store was was one of 398 Borders stores around the country to close when the chain liquidated its operations this summer.

: Designer Madeline Gardner turned Farmingdale into a NYC runway when she previewed her new Mori Lee collection at  this past spring.

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