Question: If Not 7-Eleven, What Should Have Been Built at Route 25 and Factory Avenue?

Let us know what business you would have wanted to see in your ideal world on the busy corner of Route 25 and Factory Avenue in Mattituck.

The drama surrounding the continues over a recently discussed traffic study issue. Now the store, much-contested over the past couple of years by residents across the North Fork, might not open until spring.

In your ideal universe, what would you have liked to see occupy that corner of prime business real estate? Did you want to see the aging Citgo Station hang around for another decade? A different gas station? A park with a gazebo? Or are you happy with the 7-Eleven?

Let us know in the comment boxes below.

Liz October 19, 2011 at 04:55 PM
I just don't understand the location at all. It's already kind of crowded there and not a great place to park and pull in and out of. It's actually kind of frustrating to even use the gas station there (I never do). There are lots of other vacant spots. And do we really want the first thing people see when they drive into Mattituck to be a 7-11? I wish we had the aesthetic sense of Love Lane in the whole town. The shopping center is also an eyesore.
DogTown Daycare October 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
why not 7-11 i grew up here and having to travel to Cutchogue or Riverhead as a teen was not easy, it was always a place to meet that was open (other then bars) besides every other crappy chain is open in Mattituck why not this? i think it happens to be done very well, better then the run down over priced citgo that was there forever. Mattituck needed a little update it is really run down! they have 2 drug stores 6 thats right 6 banks, good ole mc a D's, Starbucks, and more so again why not seves. we needed a 24/7 operation. So let it open or let it turn into another eyesore like the half built bank down the street all over grown and incomplete
Liz October 19, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Starbucks is closing, and we have plenty of other businesses that aren't chains, which I prefer.
Michael Fisher October 19, 2011 at 07:21 PM
You know what would have been perfect at this intersection? A bowling alley. Oh wait ...
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Lol -- a very small bowling alley. Maybe a two-laner like they have on Fishers Island?
mkeller819 October 19, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I miss the bowling alley. It was a great place to bring my kids. Now we have to go to Riverhead if we want to bowl.
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Doug Brooke said on Facebook: "A WaWa"
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Stephen Husak said on Facebook: "How about the gas station that was there. It was a family owned business for over thirty years. Mark and Ed were part of this community. They never said no to any request. They donated to the fire dept., boy scouts, girl scouts and anyone e...lse who asked for help in raising money or community awarness. Everytime we lose on of these places we lose a little part of ourselves. It wont be long before we look like western Suffolk county. Shame on the landlord. But why should he care hes not part of us."
PEGGY TONER October 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM
I would like to see ANYTHING that is NOT open 24 hrs. 7-Eleven -- so named b/c in its early yrs. their stores were open from 7AM until 11PM. NOT 24 hrs! Iwould like to see ANYTHING THAT DOES not sell beer- beer can be purchased at the drug store, deli, supermarket, gas station, etc. That corner intersection is a traffic MESS now!
JOMAC October 20, 2011 at 12:41 AM
The building is a HUGE improvement over what has been there for a long while... Not a perfect fit, but then again, what is?
Mark Raplee October 20, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Ha! 7-11 throws us out and now they might not open. That is called poetic justice.
PEGGY TONER October 20, 2011 at 01:46 PM
There are great guys! GOOD POINT!
happy October 20, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Hooters booo yaaa
Anne Marie October 20, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Yeap.. so girls can lower their images even more... for what? Makes me sick.
The Equalizer October 20, 2011 at 07:51 PM
The station that was there looked like crap and this 7-11 looks fantastic, better than any other one on the North Fork. I credit our town for that, the planning board, architectural review, etc. Everyone who complains about a "7-11" is complaining because it is a "7-11." If I proposed bob's deli and sold exactly the same items and opened for 24 hours would Tillman have circulated this petition? Chains get such a negative rap these days but guess what folks? You can't say I don't want a 7-11, I don't want a McDonald's. This is America! You can change your town code over time to reign in development. The town instituted box store legislation to do that and kudos to them, but the fact remains that this is a location that is perfect for this use, it jumped through all the hoops and it is 1000% legal. quit whining. Have you ever been to a 7-11? They wouldn't build it if there wasn't a demand. You have this "RURAL" mentality, but you cannot stop progress. Finally, what upsets me the most is that THIS 7-11 IS owned and operated by locals. Do your homework! Good, hardworking locals with kids in the school district they donate to all the causes and they employ locals. IN fact, this IS a mom and pop operation. Franchises (or chains) like this are the moms and pops of the future. The town should be bending over backwards to help them open. Look to the west folks, capital one is leaving. Get ready, because the only thing that is gonna work there is a national chain! Live with it or move.
forward thinking October 21, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 21, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Gregg Charles said on Facebook: "white castle... yum"
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Scott Hunzinger said on Facebook: "How about another Valise?"
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 21, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Paul Romanelli said on Facebook: "How about putting Town Hall there!?"
Mary Brisotti November 20, 2011 at 02:33 PM
wow ok? umm you're telling people who believe Mattituck should be kept as a more rural place to move?? Excuse me but I've lived here all my life and I do think it should remain the quiet little town it has been and most people who live here feel the same way so why don't you move if you like the city so much!!
Mary Brisotti November 20, 2011 at 02:36 PM
I grew up going to that gas station with my dad because he worked there and I got to know Mark and Ed and a few other people pretty well and they are really great guys! I absolutely hate that they're building a 7-11!! When they got rid of the bowling alley to put up a pharmacy i was mad... but now I'm furious!!! By the time I'm old enough to have kids I'll never get the chance to show them all the places i loved to go as a kid because THEY WONT BE THERE!!!!! -___-


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