Empty in Plainview: Old Hollywood Video

In a prominent shopping center at a major crossroads, the former Hollywood Video remains closed.

A central vacancy still scars the Crossroads Plaza in Plainview.

At the major intersection of Plainview Road and Old Country, the former Hollywood Video store sits empty next to the popular Discount store and in the plaza that holds restaurant.

What should go there?

What would be the best use of the space?

What type of business could serve the community from that location?


Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the store as a Blockbuster.

Evan February 28, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Wasn't it a Hollywood Video?
Joe Dowd (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Evan.. Yes it was.. Thank you for pointing it out to me. We've made the change.
Shelle February 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Would there be more seating there if La Piazza moved there?
Joe Dowd (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
There might be, Shelle, but there may be other logistical issues. Good idea, though. Would love to hear some more ideas.
Sue schiller February 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Why not look into a community center for teens n kids to go . There is nothing in plainview for them now....
Joe Dowd (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Sue: I think that's a great idea. Is there money in the community for something like that? Any ideas from the business community?
Jim February 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM
That parking lot is a zoo. 0 parking as it is. Big retail space no parking for customers
Jim February 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM
That parking lot is a zoo.0 parking as it is. Big retail space with no parking for customers. What type of store would be good to drop off kids? Maybe a tutoring center for kids where parents could drop off ?
joann of plainview February 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM
How about a book store since Barnes & Nobles closed in Huntington Station and Borders is no more.
Joe Dowd (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I'd love a book store with a decent coffee shop. But Jim has a point. I've been in that lot and it's really difficult to park and drive around. Is there a solution to the parking issue and the perpetual log jam in front of the curve at Harmons?
Sharon Krinsky February 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
How about an indoor parking garage? 2 hour intervals would be adequate.
Tom February 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
If I remember correctly, that building has very tall ceilings. A community center with maybe a basketball court might work there.
Jon Herman February 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
What a great reminder of a bad place for a business Joe. Not sure what the lease is in that space, but it is big, so I am guessing about $25-35k+ per month....You really need to sell A LOT to make it profitable. I grew up in the neighborhood and if I remember correctly, there was a Food Store or pantry pride back in the 70's/80's and stayed empty until Hollywood moved in after being empty for a VERY long time. It appears to be doing the same thing again! At one point a bookstore seemed like a good idea, but a dying business. A nice restaurant might do it, but who knows what rights of first refusal the other food stores in the strip mall have. Clothes and other retailers not really, not the right sized space for a national retailer (and probably not the right foot traffic). My guess, it will remain a nice empty space for a long time...not sure how the landlord looks to obtain new tenants...he might have gotten paid on the space when they went out.
Shari February 29, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I remember that space being the original Waldbaum's in the early 70's. I think a book store would be a great idea. Book Revue in Huntington might be closing. Maybe they would consider relocating if the rent in Plainview was more reasonable.
Marilyn February 29, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I think that's a terrific idea!
Marilyn February 29, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I remember a food store there as well but then I think there was a Pergament or other home repair store there
Jim March 01, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Like Jon said at one point a book sore did sound good but everything is going digital and soon everything will be on iPad, nook, kindle etc...agree dying business . A business that most of its traffic is late in the day and evening would work with the parking issue . Some sort of restaurant might work. Sports bar to compete with main event???
Zachariah March 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
How about a Planet Fitness, Ace Hardware, Autozone
Sherrie Kusinitz March 23, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Does any one remember a medical building being there? It was there after Pergaments. They were there for only a short time because of the parking.
Mike April 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I have to disagree. There is the Mid Island Y just down the block.
Simba April 24, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Too bad they didn't move Busto's there. I am getting sick and tired of everyone going to Bustos pass the light, stop in the left lane on Old Bethpage Road, and cross over 2 yellow lines to get to Bustos. If the damn Police read this, you can a field day writing tickets at this one spot. As far as the building goes, it's tough we have it all here.


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