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Harmon Discount Closes Doors

Longtime business does not renew lease at 300 Merrick Road.

Yet another business will close its doors in Rockville Centre, and this one comes during a holiday season when budgets are tighter and consumers are looking for discounted prices and sales.

Harmon's Discount on Merrick Road has closed after it could not reach an agreement on a new lease, officials said. The cosmetic, health and pharmaceutical item store served village residents for more than four decades. Bed, Bath and Beyond bought Harmon's ten years ago, and a representative from the chain said costs and other factors led to the store's closure.

"We constantly look at all of our locations to determine if it should be maintained once we consider the occupancy costs and closeness to other locations," said Bari Fagan, a spokesperson for the chain. "After that, it was determined we would close the story in Rockville Centre."

Other Harmon stores are located in and Carle Place.

Village resident Linda Miller said she was upset about the closure because it was a good place for residents to find a deal.

"I shopped their occasionally, their prices were always good," Miller posted on RVC Patch's Facebook page. "I usually found great stocking stuffers there! I will miss it, and yes, I'm upset. I think alot of people are upset. I always saw people on the street carrying those yellow Harmon bags! It was a convenient store."

Resident Laura Martingano agreed with Miller. "It was better than CVS," she said. "They always had great deals and it was close to my apartment. I'm really upset about this."

Mark Newman December 21, 2011 at 01:54 PM
It was a good place to shop and gave CVS competition when it came to OTC and other items. It will be missed-
Vanessa Canner December 21, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Harmon is a great store. Good news is the one in Mineola--very close to NHP--is still open!
Danielle Hogan December 26, 2011 at 11:53 PM
I'm also a long time customer, will miss them, and feel bad for the people that lost there jobs, but I can't blame Harmons for closing the store. They recently opened a new store in Carle Place and I will shop there. CVS and Walgreens prices are way too high. One of the Harmons store managers told me their landlord demanded a huge increase in rent. Guess the landord thought after all these years they would pay whatever it took to keep the store, and he was wrong. Now he has a vacant store and is collecting no rent at all! The rents the greedy landlords want make it impossible to operate a profitable store without having to raise prices. So many people are closing their stores because it doesn't make sense to work so hard to operate a store just to have to turn over all the profit to the landord.


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