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Chappaqua Merchants Mourn Loss of D'Agostino's

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - As occasional would-be shoppers continued to wander up to the shuttered doors of the D’Agostino supermarket on King Street, nearby merchants worried Tuesday about what the future holds for the shopping area.

John Chung, the 47-year-old owner of Town & Country cleaners a few doors down said the area needs another grocery store. He said many of his customers would shop at D'Agostino. He said the area did not need another pharmacy, such as the Walgreen’s drugstore slated to take over the space. Karen Carreras, a customer dropping off dry cleaning, concurred.

“We have to go all the way to Mount Kisco for A&P or Pleasantville for ShopRite,” she said. “It’s a hike. The other day I went to CVS for pasta.”

Across the street, Yulia Omelich, owner and chief executive of COUTUREDossier, a designer fashion exchange, said she was “very saddened” to see the D’Agostino’s close. She said she often bought her lunch and fresh produce at the store and appreciated its convenience. Omelich said she is concerned Walgreen's could drive out mom and pop stores.

“How many more pharmacies do we need? So many nail salons, cleaners and pharmacies but not enough grocery stores," she said. "This is Triple A commercial real estate property and to let it go like that is a tragedy in my eyes.”

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