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Update: Associated Supermarket Will Stay in Malverne

Hempstead Avenue grocer reverses decision to close store.

Update: Associated Supermarket Will Stay in Malverne Update: Associated Supermarket Will Stay in Malverne Update: Associated Supermarket Will Stay in Malverne Update: Associated Supermarket Will Stay in Malverne Update: Associated Supermarket Will Stay in Malverne

Update: July 17, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. Associated supermarket will not be leaving Malverne afterall. Carlos Pichardo, one of the managers of the Hempstead Avenue store, notified Patch Tuesday afternoon that the management team met this morning and decided to reverse the decision to shut down the business. Click here for the story.

Orginal Story Published July 16, 2012

Just 16 months after , in Malverne is going out of business again.

Carlos Pichardo, one of the managers of the Hempstead Avenue store, told Patch Monday that the store will be closing this week, most likely Wednesday. The decision was made over the weekend.

Associated had shut down in December 2010, but under the same name but with a new management team on March 17, 2011. The store held a the following month, where residents praised the steps taken by the new managers, Pichardo and Noel Collado, to make the store cleaner, the service friendler and the selection of products far better than before.

However, according to Pichardo, business during the past year and a half has not been good. 

"You have your loyal customers and people who stop in every now and then to pick up a couple of items, but you can't survive on that," he said. "We tried ... we probably held on to the store [longer] than we should have, but you can't just keep putting money into something."

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