REI, Just Salad among the new tenants of the new Huntington shopping center

Outdoor retailer REI and restaurant Just Salad are among new tenants heading to the Huntington Mall next year as part of the property’s approximately $75 million redevelopment.

The mall’s redesign will reduce retail space by 25%, although two new exterior lots will be added, to create a more upscale property that will total approximately 210,000 square feet when the project is completed in 2024, a said Chris Fleming, vice president of asset management for Federal Realty Investment Trust, owner of the Rockville, Maryland-based Huntington site.

“But parts of the redevelopment will go live at different times between now and then,” he said.

A Whole Foods Market will also open in the mall, which Newsday reported in May 2021. The Austin, Texas-based retailer and Federal Realty declined to say when the store is expected to open.

What there is to know

  • REI outdoor store and Just Salad restaurant have signed leases to open locations at the Huntington Mall next year.
  • A whole foods market will also open in the mall.
  • The approximately $75 million redevelopment of the mall is expected to be completed in 2024, the owner said.

Built in 1962 on Route 110 at 350 Walt Whitman Rd., the Huntington Mall is still a desirable shopping area, but the loss of several major tenants in recent years allows Federal Realty to revamp the outdated layout of the property. Demolition is slated for December for a two-level building that was occupied by a Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond and BuyBuy Baby, Fleming said.

Struggling retailer Bed Bath & Beyond closed its store there in November 2018.

Fourteen Modell sporting goods stores on Long Island, including the one in the Huntington Mall, were among 134 stores the retailer closed after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2020.

A Nordstrom Rack in the mall closed in May 2021 for “economic reasons,” according to Nordstrom Inc.’s filing with the New York State Department of Labor.

“These vacancies gave us the opportunity to reinvent the mall,” Fleming said.

REI will open a 21,100 square foot store in the Huntington Mall next summer, the retailer said in a statement. The store will move into combined spaces formerly occupied by Modell’s Sporting Goods and Dressbarn.

Headquartered in Seattle, REI is a cooperative with 178 stores in 42 states and Washington, DC, including an existing Long Island store at Carle Place.

“We have long wanted to better serve the Long Island outdoor community and complement our existing tri-state stores,” REI Regional Manager Sean Sampson said in a statement.

Founded in 2006, Just Salad is headquartered in Manhattan and has more than 60 restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Dubai.

The chain plans to enter the Long Island market next year, with stores planned for the Huntington, Westbury and Commack Mall in the first quarter of 2023, followed by an Oceanside store in the second quarter, the door-to-door said. lyrics by Nicole Natoli. (The Oceanside store was supposed to open in the third quarter of this year, but the chain won’t say what’s causing the delay.)

Just Salad sells salads, wraps, hot bowls and other items in its restaurants with a focus on sustainability. With its slogan “Eat with Purpose”, the chain has waste reduction initiatives, including a reusable bowl program and bagless pickup and checkout, and a low-carbon menu category.

The redevelopment of the Huntington Mall, a 21-acre property, will include updated facades, rebuilt parking lots and new landscaping, walkways and outdoor seating areas at the center, which sits along the main sales corridor retail in Huntington, according to Federal Realty.

There are currently six tenants in the mall: Michaels and Visionworks, which have moved into the mall, as well as Verizon, Tillys clothing store, Ulta cosmetics store, and PetSmart.

The mall’s largest building will be demolished and replaced with a building pushed back closer to New York Avenue to allow for more parking, Fleming said.

Two 8,000 square foot outdoor lots will also be built for smaller retailers and restaurants, including Just Salad, he said.