Last week, I wrote about a gym, Planet Fitness, leasing some of the space formerly occupied by an OfficeMax in Falcaro’s Plaza on Burnside Avenue in Lawrence.
Long Island’s love for bargains might be behind a discount retailer's taking the rest of the space, as it expands in North America.
A new Dollar Tree — one of at least four opening on Long Island this year — will be beside the gym. The discount store will open in 10,533 square feet in the third quarter of 2019, said Kristen Moore, spokeswoman for Brixmor Property Group, the Manhattan-based owner of the shopping center.
(The OfficeMax closed in November 2015, according to the office supply retailer’s parent company, Florida-based Office Depot Inc.)
Most of us commoners have been in a Dollar Tree, which sells household goods, personal-care items, food, toys and other products that cost no more than $1 each. The stores’ prices and growing grocery options — they don't sell fresh produce or meat — are helping to fuel the chain’s growth, retail experts said.
I reported in January that Dollar Tree planned to open three Long Island stores — in Farmingdale, Huntington Station and Riverhead — by late summer, as part of the 350 stores it will open in 2019. The parent company, Dollar Tree Inc., also plans to convert 200 of its Family Dollar stores to Dollar Trees this year, according to its fourth-quarter and fiscal year earnings report released in March.
As of Feb. 2, there were 7,001 Dollar Trees in the United States and Canada, including 48 on Long Island.
Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. did not respond to a request for comment.
Opening in Riverhead
A T-Mobile store is under construction at The Shops at Riverhead on Old Country Road, which is also owned by Brixmor Property Group, Moore said. The 3,420-square-foot cellphone store is expected to open in the third quarter of this year, she said.
“We’re always looking for new locations for our retail stores so that we can best reach our customers in their neighborhoods,” a T-Mobile spokeswoman said.
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