Westfield South Shore

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Westfield South Shore
LocationBay Shore, New York
Coordinates40°44′25″N 73°14′45″W / 40.740242°N 73.245969°W / 40.740242; -73.245969Coordinates: 40°44′25″N 73°14′45″W / 40.740242°N 73.245969°W / 40.740242; -73.245969
Opening dateAugust 30, 1963; 57 years ago (August 30, 1963)
DeveloperR.H. Macy Company
ManagementUnibail-Rodamco-Westfield
OwnerUnibail-Rodamco-Westfield
No. of stores and services99
No. of anchor tenants7 (6 open, 1 vacant by 2020)
Total retail floor area1,165,000 sq ft (108,200 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 in anchors)
Public transit accessBus transport Suffolk County Transit: 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 3C, S42, S45
Websitewww.westfield.com/southshore

Westfield South Shore (formerly known as South Shore Mall) is a super-regional shopping mall in Bay Shore, New York. The mall is owned by the Westfield Group, and has 1,165,000 square feet (108,232 m2) of gross leasable area.[1] The anchor stores are Dick's Sporting Goods, Forever 21, Men's Wearhouse, JCPenney, Macy's, H&R Block, and Lord & Taylor (closing 2020).

History[edit]

The mall was opened in 1963 by the R.H. Macy Company, which opened the 3-level, 318,800-square-foot (29,620 m2) Macy's as the original anchor.[2] The open-air, 70-store first phase of the mall was completed by 1967, and originally included stores such as Record Town, Woolworth's, Lerner Shops, Bond's,[3] and JCPenney, which was the first in-line JCPenney location in the New York area at the time.[4] The mall's Loews Theaters location opened around the same time. In the mid 1970s, there was also a section of the mall divided into an area named "Captree Corners", a bazaar-like setup of small stores clustered into a village-like mini-mall area.[5]

The mall was fully enclosed in 1975. In December 1986, the mall's ownership was sold to the Westfield Corporation for $85 million.[6] Shortly after the change in ownership, plans for an expansion were underway. The renovation/expansion was underway by 1996, which gutted the northern end of the center, which was replaced with 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of new retail area, along with a newly built, 3-level (216,300 ft²) Sears, which opened in September 1997. A 2-level (120,000 ft²) Lord & Taylor eventually opened in late 1998, replacing the former Woolworth.[7] On March 4, 2012, Macy's closed their original store (now demolished) and the space was converted to a newly built 2-story Macy's location at the mall that opened on August 14, 2013. Sears closed on May 3, 2015 due to high rent in that space.[8] On June 16, 2016, Dick's Sporting Goods announced that it would be opening up two new stores on Long Island—one at Westfield Sunrise and the other at Westfield South Shore. Dick's opened in April 2017 in the former Sears space.[9]

On June 23, 2020, it was announced that JCPenney would be closing as part of a plan to close 13 stores nationwide.[10] However, the store is no longer on the store closing list,[11] but its lease is now for sale.[12]

On August 2, 2020, it was announced that Lord & Taylor would be closing as part of a plan to close all 38 stores nationwide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MALL HALL OF FAME".
  2. ^ "8th Macy's Store in Area Opens In New Shopping Center on L.I". The New York Times. 30 August 1963.
  3. ^ "Bond's Opens in Bay Shore". The New York Times. 4 October 1963.
  4. ^ "J.C. Penney Planning Full-Line Store on Long Island". The New York Times. 21 April 1965.
  5. ^ Aurichio, Andrea (4 November 1979). "SHOP TALK A Mall Within a Mall". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Park, Paula (29 June 1989). "Mall Expansion Plan".
  7. ^ "Lord & Taylor Coming to Bay Shore / New tenant for South Shore Mall". Newsday. 17 December 1997. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Sears to shut Suffolk store in May, lay off 145". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  9. ^ "Dick's Sporting Goods to open 2 new LI stores". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  10. ^ Bomey, Nathan. "13 more J.C. Penney store closings revealed: Department store continues bankruptcy store closures". USA TODAY.
  11. ^ "JCPenney Store Closings – JCPenney Company Blog". companyblog.jcpnewsroom.com. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  12. ^ "JCPENNEY BANKRUPTCY AUCTION". indd.adobe.com. Retrieved 2020-08-14.

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