The Fresh Grocer announces summer 2024 opening in Oakdale


The Fresh Grocer, which has been in the works since the fall in Oakdale, is inching ever closer to opening.

The company on Monday announced a summer grand opening in the Lighthouse Commons shopping center on Montauk Highway, though no exact date has been set.

The Fresh Grocer is a sister brand to ShopRite.

This particular location will be owned and operated by the Thompson family, which includes three generations of grocers who also operate three ShopRite stores on Long Island. Those are in Riverhead, Deer Park and Uniondale.

“It will have the same quality and value in a smaller footprint with a focus on fresh food,” Veronica Thompson, of the family ownership team, previously told Greater Long Island.

The Fresh Grocer in Oakdale will measure 26,000 square feet.

“State of the art in every way, the store will feature high-quality fresh prepared foods, as well as meat, seafood, produce and floral departments that will wow Long Islanders — all in the more intimate, smaller footprint format shoppers love,” Monday’s announcement reads.

The address is 885 Montauk Highway. Lighthouse Commons is also home to the CM Performing Arts Center, the Oakdale Brew House, a post office and other retailers.

It has been without a supermarket for well over three years since the independently owned Fresh Food Supermarket closed. Fresh Food had opened in June of 2019, with only about seven months under its belt before the pandemic.

Before that, Best Yet Market occupied the space, but in 2016 moved to a larger space on Sunrise Highway in Oakdale, which is now a Lidl that opened in October 2020.

Like ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer operates as a cooperative.

Photo credit: The Fresh Grocer on Facebook

The Fresh Grocer is opening at 885 Montauk Highway in Oakdale. (Mike White/GLI file photo)

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