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Newsday reports that Stew Leonard's has finalized plans to build a 125,000-square-foot store in Farmingdale, N.Y., across the street from a wine store recently opened by Stew Leonard Jr.

It reportedly will cost the company $24 million to build the facility, on top of the $16 million it cost to buy the 19-acre site. It is scheduled to open in Spring 2004.

The store will employ about 500 people and pay $400,000 a year in property and school taxes, the company said.
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