New Uncle Giuseppe's to Open on New York's Long Island
Gourmet grocer Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace will open a new store early next year in a space previously occupied by Stop & Shop at Port Plaza, a 176,000-square-foot shopping center in the town of Port Jefferson Station, located on New York's Long Island. The location will mark the fourth on the island for the Italian-themed food retailer, which is owned by brothers Philip DelPrete, Carl and Joseph DelPrete, and operating partner Thomas Barresi.
The new store will feature a vast perishable department, including over 350 varieties of specialty cheeses, in addition to fresh pasta, meat cut to order and bread baked and delivered daily from the Bronx's Arthur Avenue, the commercial hub of a famous Italian-American community. Among the other authentic touches are salamis hanging from the ceiling and Italian singers serenading shoppers.
"Uncle Giuseppe's is a unique grocery shopping experience, and the hands-on approach by the owners is evident in the service they provide, the way they treat their employees and customers and the quality of the food available at the store," noted Elizabeth Furnelli, VP of development of Boston-based real estate company Edens & Avant, the owner of Port Plaza. "They do a fantastic job of not only serving their customers, but entertaining them as well."
Progressive Grocer ran a Store of the Month feature on Uncle Giuseppe's Smithtown location in the publication's June 2008 issue.
The store will join 20 other retailers in the center, which is in the midst of a popular tourist area in the town historically known as "Long Island's Seaport."