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WEST ISLIP — The King Kullen in West Islip will soon be no more.
Following weeks of rumors over the possible closure of the grocery store on Union Boulevard, the local King Kullen will be closing sometime after the holidays, although an official date has not yet been confirmed, Joseph Brown, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer told IslipHerald.com.
Brown noted that the company is continuing to explore the feasibility of converting the store to a Wild by Nature, but a final decision has not been made at this time.
Frequent shoppers of King Kullen may still shop at the grocery store chain at locations on Route 231 in North Babylon and Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore next to Target.
Should the store be converted to Wild by Nature, which is owned by King Kullen, the location would be the first in Islip Town and the fifth on Long Island. The four Wild by Nature stores on Long Island are located in East Setauket, Hampton Bays, Huntington and Oceanside.
According to the Wild by Nature website, the company’s mission is to promote well-being by supplying “the freshest, most delicious, wholesome foods and high quality natural health-care product available. We are committed to providing outstanding customers satisfaction in a comfortable, friendly and nurturing environment.”
King Kullen has long heralded itself as “America’s first supermarket” operating some 40 King Kullen-branded stores across Long Island and four Wild by Nature stores. Most King Kullen stores average about 35,000 square feet in size.