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Tops to open on LI at Westbury Plaza.

Tops Appliance City, a $400 million appliance retailer with stores in New Jersey and Westchester, will open its first Long Island store in 77,000 square feet of space at 1085 Old Country Road in Westbury, New York.

The announcement was made by Arthur D. Sanders, president of Jericho-based Spiegel Associates, who said Tops planned to open its store in fall 1993.

According to Sanders, Tops selected 1085 Old Country Road because of its excellent location, practically at the intersection of Old Country Road and Wantagh State Parkway, and Spiegel's commitment to perform a complete redevelopment - in a matter of months. That will reconfigure the entire property and revitalize the company's neighboring Westbury Plaza at 1065 Old Country Road, a 20-year-old, 64,000-square-foot, mixed-use office and retail complex.

"To accommodate Tops, we're demolishing 41,000 square feet of the 100,000-square-foot building that once housed Fortunoff's Backyard Store," said Sanders, noting that the new Westbury Plaza is part of the developer's successful, ongoing strategy to modernize its older strip centers to attract high-caliber retail tenants. "The remaining 59,000-square-foot building will be modernized with a new facade and sidewalk canopy, and a contiguous 18,000-square.foot building will serve as Tops' warehouse."

Spiegel also plans to demolish the adjacent building at 1099 Old Country Road, the former home of a car dealership, cutting down on the aggregate gross leasable area of the properties in order to create additional parking - 100 spaces above code,-since Tops is so parking intensive. Numerous on- and off-site improvements, ranging from new parking, lighting and a sidewalk plaza, to a new traffic control signal, central entrance and new lanes on Old Country Road for better traffic flow, are in progress.
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Title Annotation:Tops Appliance City Inc. leases commercial space at 1085 Old County Road in Westbury, New York; Long Island
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 23, 1993
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