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While small businesses are bracing for hard times ahead, the Village of Massapequa Park seems to be weathering the storm. On a regular basis, the village announces the opening of a new business in the village or, as in the case of Park Eye Center, it celebrates the Golden Anniversary of a business in Massapequa.

Mayor James Altadonna agreed that the village enjoys a "very, very small vacancy rate." The village's method for success is simple. Massapequa Park, Altadonna added, simply stays on the lookout for good, successful businesses to take what existing spaces there are in the village for such ventures.

Plus, the village, the mayor said, is blessed with a population that takes pride in supporting and patronizing new businesses whenever they open up shop in town.

The mayor attributed the village's business success to a combination of both factors. The village does not, he said, give any tax breaks or other incentives for new businesses to relocate in Massapequa.

In addition, the village does not have any particular parking problem that might keep businesses or customers away from Massapequa. Furthermore, there is no new construction going on in Massapequa, the mayor added, noting that there is "no land left" in the village to build on. The Chase Bank, he said, recently relocated from the Southgate Mall to the downtown business district. In doing so, it constructed its own lot, which is an exception to current trends.

Right now, the village, Altadonna said, is looking for a restaurant to replace the Chase Bank site at Southgate and for another financial business to also relocate to the mall. All this, he said, allows the village to "maintain [its] prosperity somewhat."


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