Though only one market in town failed its 2012 health inspection, Three Village Patch readers have pointed to a few problems they'd love to see fixed when it comes to the area's supermarkets.
"I think all the supermarkets seem a little dingy ... not a lot of selections," said Denise Pichirallo, joining a robust conversation about area markets hosted on our Facebook page.
State inspection records from the Department of Agriculture and Markets for 2102 showed only one market in the Three Village area failed, Pantaleaons Farm Stand due to its hand washing sink in the hot dog/corn roaster service area lacking hot water. The rest all passed and were only cited with general deficiencies not considered health risks, such as equipment issues, storage space, rust and dust. Or, as Pichirallo might call it, dingy-ness.
Patch has accessed the data as part of a region-wide project culling together information on grocery store inspections across New York state to create an exclusive interactive map.
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King Kullen-owned organic foods market Wild By Nature had the most general issues, with 19 deficiencies, while Waldbaums had 17 and Stop & Shop had 16. All three of these markets are clustered together in one Setauket shopping center.
"I hate parking at the Stop & Shop," said Carol Nicosia. "I feel like I'm going to be run over. And why do we need three supermarkets in that shopping center?"
The parking issue was a top concern for many who commented.
"Agree about the Stop & Shop parking lot," said Lily Zajc. "Not a good layout, and no we don't need any more supermarkets in this area."
Let us know in the comments: How would you like to see parking improved at the Setauket complex?