new york — Two popular Staten Island businesses have been told by their landlords to vacate the premises by the end of next month to make way for a state-licensed marijuana dispensary.
CBS New York heard from the companies on Monday, and residents were outraged.
Forest Card & Gift and S&T Bagel have been sitting next to each other in a small strip mall on Forest Avenue for decades. Now, those receiving bagels, lottery tickets and coffee are also signing a petition to keep the store open.
“It's sad that we're all going through this at the same time. It's pretty sad,” said Shamin Franmosa, owner of S&T Bagels.
Forest Cards and Gifts owner Dimesh Patel added: “It will certainly be heartbreaking for many of us.”
Franmosa has owned S&T Bagels since 2001, and Patel has owned Forest Cards & Gifts since 2004. They said they did not expect to receive an email from their landlord in mid-January telling them to move out by the end of March. Mr Patel said he would lose between $60,000 and $70,000 worth of inventory.
“We have all the seasonal products and cards, so we won't be able to sell them in two months,” Patel said.
“Please give at least a year's notice,” Franmosa said.
A landlord who requested anonymity told CBS New York: “The decision not to renew the lease was a business decision, not a personal decision. The addition of the gaslight dispensary will be a positive economic driver. It will be a vibrant facility.” ”
The state Office of Cannabis Control has confirmed that the facility is compliant to open a dispensary.
“The Community Board heard a presentation from the property's landlord and voted against the application. However, it is a state-regulated business and the state approved its license based on a judicial application.”Forest Regional Chairman Neil Anastasio said. Residents Civic Association.
Residents support both projects, which have become part of their daily lives.
“I'm not against cannabis, I don't think there's a need to close these two stores,” said Curtis White of West Brighton.
“The neighbors are very unhappy,” said Claire Gutzman of Brighton.
Frank Cognetta, from Brighton, added: “It's terrible to see these mom-and-pop businesses disappearing one by one.”
The zoning board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday night to hear neighbors' concerns.