President’s Letter – October 2019

Greetings of the Fall Season,

Fall is truly one of the absolute most beautiful times of year in the State of NY. As the warm days turn into cool nights and the leaves turn a brilliant hue of orange and yellow before cascading down from the trees, it is truly a sight to behold.

October is the month where the fourth quarter for most businesses commences. It is a critical three month time period for many companies as it often determines whether they make money for the year or not. For retailers, the holiday sales season is a key contributor to their annual bottom-line. As retail goes so do a lot of other related industries. For example, when people are out shopping they usually need a place to eat. For many other businesses its also crunch time to get projects done or on-board new clients before the holiday break and close of year.

With internet sales now for just about everything, the landscape of local commerce continues to change and for many local operations not for the better. It gets your attention driving down Hawkins Avenue and seeing longtime local businesses that were once staples of that community now shuttered. It has created vacancies which lead to a void in the downtown. Our sister chamber in Ronkonkoma is doing all they can to work with local government agencies and commercial realtors, however the task can become daunting. Recognizing this unfortunate trend, is the reason why our chamber has been lobbying for sewers within the Main St. & Union Avenue business district. The leaders of Suffolk County and both Townships have heard us loud and clear and have welcomed our recent RPA study by sitting down with us and exploring what we can do to not only keep our downtown viable but make it even better.

Early last month, the chamber had the honor of being invited to the ribbon cutting for the first phase of the “Alston” residential community located within the Ronkonkoma Hub. This new development welcomes people of all ages and walks of life. It is an absolutely beautiful and impressive community complete with nearly every amenity you could possibly desire. When you’re there you feel as if you have been transported to a resort in another part of the country. Kudos to the Tritec Team as they are a world class developer with an eye and feel for the local community. A family business, the Coughlan Brothers never forget their roots when creating and building a residential based project. The influx of new residents is already having a positive impact on the Holbrook Business community due to the close proximity and convenience of our “downtown”. It is my belief that even when the second phase of restaurant and retail (scheduled to commence in March 2020) is fully developed at the Hub, Holbrook’s downtown will continue to thrive from both the residents and visitors traveling to and from that area.

Mark your calendars for Friday October 4th from 6-9 PM as the Holbrook Fire Department hosts their annual “Open House” at the main firehouse located at 390 Terry Blvd. Stop down and meet the men and woman who protect our community along with many other community organizations including the Holbrook Chamber. Its a great event for the kids and grandkids.

In closing, please have a very safe and Happy Halloween on the 31st.

All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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