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Amid Rumors, One Chappaqua Resident Takes Action

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.—Throughout Chappaqua, rumors are swirling that D’Agostino’s, the only grocery store in Chappaqua, has been sold to Walgreens and residents are upset about it. One citizen, Debby Glickman, turned anger into action when she created a petition in early August to try and keep a grocery store in Chappaqua.

“I’ve been here 15 years and I’ve always liked the idea that everything is very convenient,” said Glickman. “It was so obvious to me that if we had lost our grocery store to another pharmacy that would be a real problem for this community. I didn’t think anyone knew about it and that’s what I found out when I put the petition out there.”

After just a few weeks, Glickman has received more than 500 signatures and expects to receive a lot more in the upcoming weeks.

“Basically, I went online and put this petition together just really to get awareness out there and just to make sure everyone supported what I was thinking so I wasn’t crazy,” Glickman said. “I have to let people know this. I’m sure there’s something we can do.”

Glickman said the lack of a grocery store creates an imbalance in the community of downtown Chappaqua.

“You wonder why the residents don’t have a say in who goes into our community,” Glickman said. “We’re this tiny little town and we’re going to have Rite-Aid and now Walgreens? We have CVS down the street, both ways, but we have no grocery store. There’s an imbalance that’s happening in this town that has to be stopped.”

She said the removal of a grocery store may have an adverse effect on home sales in Chappaqua as well.

“If was coming up from the city, looking for a house would I want to be in a town, you know where do I shop?,” Glickman said. “My baby is sleeping, I just need to run out and get something. You need somewhere to push your cart around with your child that’s more peacefully. That’s what our community is about, it’s a family oriented community.”

Glickman has received suggestions from residents for a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Turco’s and DeCicco’s to replace D’Agostino’s but they’ve already made a deal with Walgreens.

“We have reached out to a few stores that might be interested and one of them in particular said, ‘I’ll have my lawyers call D’Agostino’s lawyers and they (D’Agostino’s) said, ‘Sorry we’ve already made a deal with Walgreens’,” Glickman said. “To me, that says a lot and we still don’t have any confirmation from D’Agostino’s.”

Numerous calls to the D’Agostino’s corporate headquarters in Larchmont have gone unanswered.

Glickman’s petition can be found at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/choosegroceries/ .