Nordstrom Rack, DSW shoe store opening soon at former Filene's

Th exterior of Nordstrom Rack and DSW, soon Th exterior of Nordstrom Rack and DSW, soon to open in Manhasset, photographed on May 2, 2014. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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A two-story shop in a Manhasset shopping center that has stood empty since a bankrupt Filene's Basement vacated the property more than two years ago will soon have new tenants.

A DSW shoe store on the first floor will open this month, and a Nordstrom Rack will open in June on the second floor, according to the stores and the landlord, New Hyde Park-based real estate investment trust Kimco Realty Corp.

"We're adding two really strong tenants to the shopping center," said Joshua Weinkranz, president of Kimco's Northeast division. "They're two tenants we believe will do really well in the Manhasset area."

Kimco bought the Manhasset Center at 1400 Northern Blvd. in 1999 and redeveloped the entire 180,000-square-foot shopping center in 2004. It is currently 100 percent leased with a King Kullen, Marshalls and Michaels as its main tenants. Over 35,000 cars drive by the two main roads leading into the center every day, Weinkranz said.

Filene's Basement had been a tenant of Manhasset Center for over 20 years and a shopping staple in the hamlet when its parent, Syms Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011. It shut the store in January 2012.

After negotiating for DSW and Nordstrom Rack to take over the space in June 2012, Kimco took a year to redevelop the building for two tenants.

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Nordstrom Rack, the discount brand of the upscale retailer, confirmed it will open its 32,000-square-foot store -- its third on Long Island -- on June 5. Although Nordstrom originally said it would open in fall 2013, a company spokeswoman said the store needed more time to prepare the location.

A DSW spokeswoman said Friday that its new store, which will have about 21,000 square feet of space, will open the week of May 15.

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