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Uncle Giuseppe's: Staying Open Through Hurricane a Humbling Experience

The store manager said she's never experienced such excitement over little things like dollar cups of coffee as she had during Hurricane Sandy.

Uncle Giuseppe's on Route 111 has not closed throughout Hurricane Sandy, and according to Smithtown's store manager, the experience of serving locals throughout the disaster has been humbling.

"The customers were all thankful, they can't believe we have eggs, milk, everything that's perishable we have due to the fact that we have a generator," said Susana Franceschi, Smithtown's store manager. "People are being so thankful, I have people saying thank you every five minutes. They can't believe that we have hot meals."

Arielle Brechisci, manager of corporate communications for Uncle Giuseppe’s, said the store was equipped with a generator the week prior to the storm and with the power the location has seen sales far greater than the average weekday.

While the business has been packed with customers resulting in greater sales, Franceschi said seeing how excited people were over everyday items was surreal.

"I opened the store on Tuesday during the storm and it was just amazing to see the extreme amount of people that were just desperate for coffee. They didn't even want anything else, they just wanted coffee," she said. "To see people be so thankful for a dollar coffee machine was extremely humbling."

Brechisci added that customers were buying a lot of pizza and pre-made sandwiches, and the hot food bar was the most popular section of the store since power went out.

Uncle Giuseppe's has stayed open during regular business hours on generator power and will continue to do so, with doors open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Kim November 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Was very upset when I went to Uncle Giuseppes yesterday in Smithtown to be greeted at the door by two men Selling memberships to LA Fitness. Instead of offering people a place to shower or maybe charge cellphones etc. They are taking advantage of people. LA Fitness will be one place I will never join and will pass along to the people of Smithtown exactly how inconsiderate they are to people in need.
Mara November 02, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I agree wish i never left nysports club, they are offering members and non members showeres and use of facility, la fitness never even opened.
Tanya November 02, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I've been lucky enough to belong to Sportime over in Kings Park. They opened Tuesday afternoon and have open their doors for Hot showers, coffee and cell phone charging.. I even saw some of the LIPA crews stop into freshen up.. its the little things...
Fitzy November 03, 2012 at 12:30 PM
That is awful but what I find even more disturbing is uncle gs Charging people for a cup of coffee!!!
Jim Bennett November 03, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Jeez! It's a business. It's not your mother's house! A dollar is a bargain nowadays.
gmik gmik November 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Really Fitzy? Are you kidding me? They stayed open, Sk you understand the COSTS associated with staying open? You're amazing... I think Uncle G's did an incredible thing by staying open in the middle of the hurricane while everyone else was closed...and for what, people to grab a few things and for some yambag like you to still complain? Go vote for Obama...handout lover!
. November 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
This put a smile on my face. Four for you Uncle Giuseppe's, you go Uncle Giuseppe's.
+irish+ November 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM
As a result of Uncle Giuseppe's being there for us post-Sandy (knowing food was safe), we took another look and intend to continue giving them a lot more business. I just got my store card. Deli is much better than when they first opened, too!

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