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Expiration Likely for The Barn Drive-Thru

Owners say plans beyond upcoming renovations of the convenience store have not yet been determined.

The Barn on Main Street will be closing Sunday indefinitely for renovations, but when the work is complete there is no guarantee the drive-through convenience store will reopen.

"We're going to close, we're going to renovate, and then we're going to kind of review – is this the best concept, is this the best store for this area, are we just going to clean up and reopen," said a store representative who spoke under anonymity.

The options for the location are endless according to the source, who said the store would be open to exploring new business models and practices from co-branding with another store or company to eliminating certain products and bringing new products in, to possibly permanently closing its doors.

Renovations that will be completed at the location include electrical work, new floors and other interior renovations.

The source said Dairy Barn sold the Smithtown location back in the spring last year to a corporation that took it over as The Barn.

Skakmati February 03, 2012 at 09:25 PM
This article and/or the statement by the store rep doesn't make sense. Why would a business invest in new floors, electrical work etc. and then close the store? Obviously a determination will be made before any investment is made, not after.
Joanne February 03, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Lew, I was thinking the same thing!
aegina angeliades February 06, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Sometimes a store costs less with the doors closed than it does open and operating.
Rachel February 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The Barn is one of the only places in town to offer the drive thru convience. I think I can speak for myself and my "mommy" friends that this place is a time saver especially when we have our little ones in the car. Please don't close. However, I agree with Karen, Horizon milk would be very much appreciated.
Rich Black February 13, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Hi Aegina! I've shopped at The Barn 6 times (both Smithtown and St. James) since you've been in. Three of those times -- yes, 50% of the time I've stopped there -- I left without spending a dime. For instance, although the clerk seemed nice enough, St. James didn't have B&J Cherry Garcia (my first choice) or Mint Cookie (my second choice -- these are two of the more popular flavors), but they had Red Velvet and other flavors else no one cares about. I wanted to give you my money sooooo badly that I ending up requesting a third flavor, the very popular Vanilla Swiss Almond Haagen Dazs... which they were ALSO out of. Handy Pantry got my ice cream purchase and more 15 minutes later. I could be convinced to consult in exchange for a performance-based incentive.

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