Best Market continues to make moves into its competitors' former spaces.
The Bethpage-based grocery chain is set to take over a former ShopRite spot in the Morton Village Shopping Center in Plainview in the first quarter of 2019, according to Schuckman Realty Inc., a Lake Success-based commercial real estate firm that oversees leasing for the property.
Best Market will be an anchor and the largest tenant in the shopping center, for which it signed a lease, with a 20-year initial term, to occupy 27,584 square feet of space.
“We evaluate ... opportunities as we look at them and as financing allows. This was a great opportunity to be in a neighborhood that we’ve always wanted to be in,” Best Market Vice President Or Raitses said.
The new location will be a full-service grocery store that includes sushi and juice bars, an organic and plant-based section, and bakery, deli and seafood departments, he said.
The grocer is working with the landlord, Morton Village Realty Co. Inc., to secure building permits from the town of Oyster Bay to build out the leased space, he said.
Morton Village was built in the 1960s, said Jack Pierce, spokesman for Schuckman.
Other tenants at the shopping center, which is on Old Country Road, include a CVS drugstore, Chase Bank, Subway restaurant and Verizon Wireless.
A ShopRite in the shopping center closed last year, and its replacement opened in nearby Country Pointe at Plainview, a new housing and retail development.
Best Market has 29 stores in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut, including 24 on Long Island.
In April, the chain opened a new 41,000-square-foot store in a former King Kullen space in Syosset.
Best Market also is moving forward with plans to expand into Center Moriches, where it expects to open an approximately 40,000-square-foot store this summer, Raitses said.
The chain will renovate that space, which was a former Waldbaum’s owned by Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., he said. Key Food purchased it as part of a bankruptcy sale in 2015, and it operated under the name Center Moriches Marketplace before closing in 2017.