What New Business Do You Want To See in Wainscott?

With Pet Hampton gone, there are two spaces available for rent off Montauk Highway.

Pet Hampton & Aquarium closed last month after 22 years, leaving an empty space for a new business, or two, to set up shop in Wainscott.

Pet Hampton used two spaces at 338 Montauk Hwy., next to Wainscott Hardware, so, technically, two new stores could replace it.

Soonafter the store closed, construction workers started working in the space, but we still don't know what will pop up there. We figure it's not likely to be another pet store — Dr. Mark Davis at the South Fork Animal Hospital next door announced that he hopes to open a pet supplies store up by the end of the month.

What would you like to see there? Is there any type of business missing from Wainscott? Leave a comment below.

Preliator January 07, 2013 at 04:57 PM
A gun shop with gun smiting services.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Via East Hampton Patch Facebook, Camille Grignon said, "family fun house!!! someone bring it back!" Melissa Mahoney said, "trader joes" Jeffrey Lindgren "A car wash" - Thought we don't think that will fit in this space! Barry Forde said, "Grocery store/deli"
Spikeland January 07, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Much needed out here!!
Blue Heron January 07, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Indian food!
S.B. Bonacker January 07, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Oh yes, an Indian restaurant would be just grand!
ViralGrain January 07, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Pool hall with slot car racing, concession/ice cream stand, foosball, ping-pong, shuffleboard, air hockey, flat screens tv's with sports, and batting cages. A place to take a date on or the family to. Not another restaurant, dive bar with no entertainment, upscale boutique with clothes made from child slave labor, antique store, or overpriced deli. Something fun that everyone can enjoy. I'm sure something like this could be very successful in both the winter and the summer. Right now the only alternative to something like this is the bowling alley or the movie theater. Something like this may even bring more business to the bowling alley and movie theater since the family fun day or date could consist of one or more of these activities. Biggest complaint I hear and agree with is that "there nothing to do here." That is true especially in winter. Put something in their that is fun for everyone, cheap to enjoy, and a clean atmosphere and I'm sure it would be a year round success.
Laura Otto January 07, 2013 at 09:45 PM
How about a women's shoe store like a DSW or Famous footwear!!
ViralGrain January 08, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Yea we will all love that. Nothing like a day or evening at the shoe store! Maybe it could be a shoe store/art gallery since we have none of those here also. Nothing like some good cheap shoes made by 12 year olds in a third world country getting high off the glue they make them from or another franchise store coming into our town creating more wage slave jobs. I'm sure new friendships, ideas and many good things will result from from the healthy and fun environment of a shoe store. Happens all the time I'm sure.
Laura Otto January 08, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Wow Viralgrain. So Nasty. Something affordable out here might be nice for a change. Calm down.
Lynn Kaplan January 08, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Maybe if the "landlords" would give renters a break, instead of continuing the upward spiral of insane rents, stores could afford to stay open and not leave town!! I heard our illustrious Village Administrator talking in Citarella one day about how many stores were closing and what a shame!! Are you kidding?? Could you afford the crazy rents here, especially in the winter months? Get real. The only ones who can afford them are the box stores. What a shame....
Preliator January 08, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Don't forget to throw in another gourmet coffee counter so you can sip burnt coffee and over priced stale muffins and be one of the 'elite'.
tm January 08, 2013 at 06:11 PM
i think you make a valid point. But the problem is, if you were the owner of commercial property, and a box store/chain store is offering you 12K a month, its hard to pass that up. i dont know you fix that.
Mojo January 08, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Tm, although I agree that no owner of a commercial property would turn down an offer of 12k a month, it seems like a lot of business owners are raising their rent on current longstanding renters based on this. How many storefronts currently sit empty because of greedy landlords?
cordylus January 09, 2013 at 01:11 AM
i think your missing the obvious, the problem is zoning, if there were more lots usable for retail, there would be more competition among landlords, resulting in lower rent prices, and more stores. no one but the owner of the property has the right to dictate the price. un-fortunately the zoning laws are way to restrictive in the hamptons.
cordylus January 09, 2013 at 01:13 AM
also id like to second the gun store idea!!
Martha Nassauer January 09, 2013 at 04:06 AM
A saddened & weary Erika pointed up to the dilapidated ceiling barely able to hold up the flickering light fixtures that had been abused by far too many days of rain. Safety worries and continually damaged pet goodies no longer made the 8 grand a month worth it. Unfortunately for her and her customers she happily served for the past 22 years, the landlord could not fix the roof. Pet Hampton closed its doors. Oddly, days later an unassuming crew gathered their tools off this buildings new roof. Maybe the now two units can fetch a much heftier sum than our old friend, Erika could afford. Smart move in a world where money so often holds higher esteem than honor. I'm probably just cynical. Perhaps greed wasn't in the plan at all. For all we know, something really special is being planned for this space. ...after all, this is a new year, some say a new era even...an era of enlightenment! It's possible we may drive past and witness the opening of a donation center selflessly raising funds for the sick, the hungry, the impoverished. Or an orphanage for unwanted dogs & cats facing death row. Who knows? Maybe even a giant soup kitchen? A drug/alcohol free club/dance hall/fun zone for our younger generation filled with "big brothers" & "sisters," happy and eager to mentor today's youths? Something...anything. It's possible, right? Not every story has to have an ugly ending, does it? I'm probably a bigger dreamer than the Mars One team. Maybe there's more humanity where they're headed.
Alan Kaplan January 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
A good example of the ridiculous rents driving out local business is the New Paradise Cafe in Sag Harbor. This restaurant was popular both summer and winter. Yet, when the lease came up for renewal recently, the landlord raised the rent to a level that was unsustainable through the winter months. Sadly, the Cafe has closed. I hear that Muse in Sag Harbor is closing as well. More empty storefronts are on there way.
Soozy's Film and Entertainment Blog January 10, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Trader Joes, Trader Joes, Trader Joes.
ViralGrain January 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
About a dollar store. Since no one else seems to want anything that might be entertaining on a year-round basis.
john January 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM
the building was bought for i think 2 million, am i wrong?anyway 2mil at say 5% interest on a comercial loan for 15 years is about 16000 per month plus taxs & insurance, so its costing ben about 18,000 per month just to own the bldg. its about 7000 square feet, so its costing him lets say about $30.84 per sq ft. so the pet store was using about 3000 sq ft, 3000x30.83divided by 12 =7710.00 is what it costs ben to provide that store for rent for one month, roughly, so it was 8000.00 per month, is it ok with you if ben makes a little money on his investment? what? is 300 dollars a month profit on something that cost him several million to much? i to would love to see a shooting supply store in east hampton, but the proffit on a gun sale is around 100 dollars so you would need to sell 80 guns a month just to pay the rent, and demographicly i just dont think there are enough people in this area to do it.
Lady L January 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM
The biggest reason for high rent is high taxes. If the store's property taxes went up as much as mine, it means the renter must absorb the cost so the landlord can make the mortgage payment (in many cases). Please people, stop voting more taxes upon yourselves. This is unsustainable and suicidal.
MARTIN DREW January 13, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Hey Viral want something fun to do ... Move to Puerto Rico We have 365 Sun / MOTO / BMX / SKATE / SURF ; Jet Skiis : Parasail ; wake boarding ; Horse back riding on tropical beaches .. Diving .. Sunset sails ; Did I mention the REAL BEACHES ..LOL .. .. Natural Caves : Dry Forests ; OUR CRUISE INDUSTRY / Islands galore to explore .. SUNDAY'S ARE THE BEST .. Motorcycling ; AtV s; jeep caravans ; car shows ; pulgeros ( flea markets)...we even have the coffee - top growers in the world .. Get a life and get out of NY ... Where life is more important than stuffy resturaunts .. Fake people ; glory cars and a trip to Starbucks .. as excitement ... What is needed in that space .. A TRAVEL AGENCY / Laundry mat / with cafe / so one can book a way out ; do laundry / have a cup of PR Joe and bolt during the winter months ... Did I mention the $1 Medallias ..$1 Limbers ; $2 Chicken pinchos ; $4.50 home cooked meals at local digs ... www.413ROAD.com when you need that FUN for ALL CAUSE IN PR "WE ALL RIDE" EVERYDAY !!
ViralGrain January 13, 2013 at 09:18 PM
LOL- I hear ya. Thats the first logical thing I've seen you write in a long time. But I do have a life here and all the responsibilities that come with it. I'm not one to run from anything either. Maybe one day when that time comes, I can leave out knowing that maybe this place is on track to living up to the potential it has while still keeping the qualities that made this area unique. In the meantime there is no place like home.


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