The big box grocery chains have their advantages: great sales and everything you need all in one place. But, these small, local and family-owned stores provide personal service and fresh foods plus you’ll be supporting local small business owners. Consider one of these local grocery stores for your next shopping trip.
Cirillos Market Bellport IGA - A family-owned store for healthy, high quality foods with personal service. Opened in 1984, the owners pride themselves on old-fashioned friendliness and delicious meals for the neighborhood every day. Location: 115 S Country Road, Bellport, (631) 286-2772.
Buttercup's Dairy Store - Quaint red barn that has the basics and more. A mini supermarket with their own bakery. Location: 285 Boyle Road, Port Jefferson Station, (631) 928-4607.
Pat's Market Place - A first generation son of an Italian immigrant runs these two local supermarkets and prides himself on delivering the same quality and service that his father taught him after years running butcher shops and grocery stores in Queens. Locations: 9 Hewitt Square, East Northport, (631) 446-1616; 300 E Main Street, East Islip, (631) 757-9338.
Southdown Marketplace - Family -owned grocery store specializing in your everyday items and fresh and prepared foods. New location coming soon to West Islip. Location: 205 Wall Street, Huntington, (631) 351-9660.
Stew Leonard's - Small chain of seven supermarkets with two locations on Long Island. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Awarded the store the title of "The World's Largest Dairy." Locations: 261 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale, (516) 962-8210; 1897 Front Street, East Meadow, (516) 394-9001.
Christina's Epicure - Part of the Southdown family of stores, this specialty grocery store has your day-to-day needs as well as fresh and prepared foods. Location: 1015 Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich, (516) 922-5500.
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace - A family-owned store established in 1998 with its first location in East Meadow, now the supermarket has expanded with locations across Long Island. Locations: 2330 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, (516) 579-1955; 37 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, (516) 308-7377; 890 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, (631) 683-5900; 1108 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station, (631) 331-1706; 364 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, (516) 883-0699; 95 Route 111, Smithtown, (631) 863-0900.
Key Food - These grocery stores can be found across Long Island but each store is part of a cooperative, and locations are independently owned and operated. Locations: 868 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, (631) 924-3747; 66 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, (631) 269-7211; 941 Carmans Road, Massapequa, (516) 590-3640; 685 Newbridge Road, Levittown, (516) 933-7717; 386 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, (516) 742-271-3550; 7th Street, Garden City, (516) 481-8100; 700 Woodfield Road, West Hempstead, (516) 385-3678; 151 Covert Avenue, Floral Park, (516) 616-1808; 399 Ocean Avenue, Rockville Centre, (516) 634-2560.
Holiday Farms - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Locations: 1-1 Park Plaza, Glen Head, (516) 759-9446; 374 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, (516) 621-6420.
The Food Emporium - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Location: 1050 Willis Avenue, Albertson, (516) 621-9586.
Mattituck Marketplace - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Location: 100-95 Main Road, Mattituck, (631) 298-9797.
Food Universe - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Locations: 1550 Great Neck Road, Copiague, (631) 841-3930; 520 South Broadway, Hicksville, (516) 935-5600; 1620 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, (516) 355-5051.
Locust Valley Market - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Location: 220 Birch Hill Road, Locust Valley, (516) 723-2350.
GalaFresh Farms - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Locations: 1819 Fifth Avenue, Bay Shore, (631) 952-3447; 795 Old Country Road, Riverhead, (631) 740-9521; 2485 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, (516) 377-4252.
Gala Foods - Part of the Key Food cooperative. Locations are independently owned and operated. Locations:1925 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, (631) 951-9137; 725 Commack Road, Brentwood, (631) 968-8330; 120 N. Main Street, Freeport, (516) 546-8033; 111 W. Merrick Road, Freeport, (516) 223-8486.
North Shore Farms - Launched in 2003, this store says it offers the best of a grocery store, the best of a farmer’s market, and the best of a specialty shop. Locations: 40 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Commack, (631) 499-8350; 190 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Cove, (516) 609-0303;
90 Horace Harding Boulevard, Great Neck, (516) 482-6287; 1235 Veterans Highway, Hauppauge, (631) 366-2001; 330 E. Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, (516) 280-6880; 2820 Jerusalem Avenue, North Bellmore, (516) 409-4800; 770 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, (516) 767-9050.