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Retail Roundup: Brownstones Coffee, AT&T store to join lineup at Centereach shopping center

A sign at New Village Plaza, being built

A sign at New Village Plaza, being built in Centereach and seen on Thursday, lists some of the tenants coming to the new shopping center.  Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

French toast, coffee and cellphones will be added to the lineup at New Village Plaza in Centereach.

In October when I wrote about the shopping center under development in the 1700 block of Middle Country Road, four planned tenants had been confirmed, including Wingstop and Arby’s restaurants, and Middle Country Wines & Liquors.

Since then, an AT&T store and Brownstones Coffee have signed leases too, said Jason Sobel, an agent who works in the Jericho office of Ripco Real Estate Corp.

Manhattan-headquartered Ripco is overseeing leasing on behalf of the shopping center’s owner, MVC Properties LLC in Bayside.

Brownstones Coffee’s fourth location will open in 3,000 square feet in New Village Plaza by early summer, Sobel said.

Manny Kourounis and his son Christopher opened the first Brownstones in Amityville in 2002 and now have two other locations, in West Islip and East Northport, the latter of which opened in May.

The chain serves “all-day” breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees from 7:30 a.m. to closing time, which ranges from 2:30 to 4 p.m., depending on the day and location. Menu items include Belgian waffles and crepes, Benedict scrambles and French toast.

Brownstones did not respond to a call or email seeking comment.

The AT&T store will open in the spring in New Village Plaza, Sobel said.

The 1,400-square-foot store will sell cellphones and service, wireless tablets, accessories, DirecTV and other products, Dallas-based AT&T Inc. said.

The location will be owned and operated by an authorized retailer, as opposed to AT&T, which declined to name the retailer.

About 70 percent of New Village Plaza’s space is leased or in lease negotiations, but no tenants have moved in yet.

Wingstop, a fast-casual chicken wing eatery, and Arby’s, known for its hot sandwiches heavy on the meat, will open by spring. Middle Country Wines & Liquors still is awaiting a liquor license from the New York State Liquor Authority.

The shopping center will be 75,013 square feet spread across three buildings when construction is complete late this year, Sobel said. New Village Plaza is replacing "an old shopping center with illegal cars stored on the back of the property," Brookhaven Town spokesman Kevin Molloy said in October.

Retail Roundup is a column about major retail news on Long Island — store openings, closings, expansions, acquisitions, etc. — that is published online and in the Monday paper. To read more of these columns, click here. If you have news to share, please send an email to Newsday reporter Tory N. Parrish at

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