Long Island center to get a Whole Foods and a new look

Al Urbanski
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90,000 sq. ft. of retail space becomes available at Federal's Huntington Shopping Center next to the Walt Whitman Mall on Long Island's north shore.

With a Whole Foods Market about to take up residence at Huntington Shopping Center, Federal Realty has announced a $75 million makeover of the property on Long Island’s north shore.

More than 60,000 sq. ft. of space will be added to the 212,000-sq.-ft center located next to the Walt Whitman mall in Huntington, N.Y., a town with an average household income of $154,652. Each storefront will be refreshed with updated signage, lighting, and facades, and two new pad sites will be constructed to accommodate up to three tenants each.

“Bringing Whole Foods to this location jump-starts a long-awaited redevelopment of Huntington Shopping Center. We’ll reinvigorate the destination and deliver on our aim to provide essential retail at convenient locations,” said Mark Brennan, VP of regional development at Federal.

All current tenants—which include Ulta, PetSmart, and Michaels—will remain open during the new construction and renovation, which will include the addition of two new entrances. Some 90,000 sq. ft. of retail space will be up for lease in vacant spaces and two new pad sites being built on the site. Plans call for a completion date in 2024.

Federal’s retail presence in Huntington is expansive and includes Melville Mall, Greenlawn Plaza, Huntington Shopping Center, and Huntington Square.