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Closed Supermarket Hurts Port Chester Businesses

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Clino Maselli has served pizza out of his restaurant tucked behind the intersection of Interstates 95 and 287 since 1976 and when the nearby A&P supermarket closed he knew it would be bad for business."It's always going to hurt business when a big place like that closes," said Maselli, owner of Clino's Pizza Pasta & Things .The supermarket closed April 15 after the A&P grocery chain filed for bankruptcy. The space has been empty ever since, with orange traffic cones and yellow caution tape blocking off its empty parking lot.Maselli also runs a deli and sit-down restaurant along with the pizza counter, all in the same location, and has noticed a definite drop in the amount of customers coming in."We used to get a lot of (A&P's) employees during lunchtime," said Maselli. "And of course when people came to shop for groceries a lot of them stopped at the deli."A few shop fronts down at Carvel Ice Cream, franchise owner Dennis Kwan has also noticed a similar drop around lunchtime, but business has been bolstered by the summer heat."They closed down right around when our business starts to hit its peak season, so we're doing alright," said Kwan, who has managed the franchise for 18 years.Both Maselli and Kwan would like to see a new business move in as soon as possible."Any business that brings in more customers is a good thing," said Maselli. "The more customers the better."

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