TJ Maxx takes Bed Bath & Beyond Square in Plainview; Aldi eyes stain, says landlord

Some shops in the town of Oyster Bay play musical chairs – or addresses.

A Bed Bath & Beyond store in Woodbury Plaza at 401 S. Oyster Bay Road in Plainview is closing this month, Newsday recently reported.

A TJ Maxx now across the street from Woodbury Shopping Center, at 410 S. Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville, will move into the room leaving Bed Bath & Beyond, according to Michael Levin, president of Josam Associates LLC, a Smithtown-based unit that owns the Woodbury Shopping Center.

Also, discount grocer Aldi is in talks with Josam Associates to open a store in part of TJ Maxx’s space after the discount retailer moves across the street, Levin said.

TJ Maxx has been at Woodbury Shopping Center since 1997 and is a busy store, he said.

The store occupies 30,000 square feet, while Bed Bath & Beyond is about 24,000 square feet in an enclosure in Woodbury Plaza, where the home furnishings store is the largest tenant.

“I know [TJ Maxx is] moves for three reasons: because they get a brand new built-in storeā€¦ they like the visibility of the end piece. And they want a better loading space, “Levin said.

TJ Maxx is leaving in October or November, he said.

Aldi is in talks with Josam Associates to take two-thirds of the space that TJ Maxx will leave in the Woodbury Shopping Center, he said.

Built in 1955, the mall has not had a grocery store since a ShopRite left in 1988, Levin said.

TJX Companies Inc., the company Framingham, Massachusetts that owns TJ Maxx, would not comment beyond telling Newsday that it “has not announced any store changes in Hicksville at this time.”

Woodbury Plaza, the Bed Bath & Beyond shopping mall, is co-owned by Breslin Realty Development Corp., a Garden City company.

Breslin denied Newsday’s request for comment.

But building plans have been submitted to the town of Oyster Bay in connection with the store relocations.

On December 28, an architect with Rosenbaum Design Group Architecture submitted a building permit application to the city for interior alterations and some exterior work related to the renovation of the Bed Bath & Beyond room, said Brian Nevin, spokesman for Oyster Bay.

Construction plans indicate the renovations are for the TJ Maxx lease, he said.

Aldi did not specifically comment on the plans for a Hicksville store.

“We are always considering new locations on Long Island and … plan to continue expanding into new markets,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President of Aldi South Windsor Division, in a statement.

A German-based grocery store, Aldi, has nine stores on Long Island and plans to open at least two more local stores – in Bohemia and Carle Place.

The Bed Bath & Beyond in Plainview is among 37 stores that the home furnishings retailer recently announced would close, most by the end of February, as part of its 2020 initiative to close about 200 stores, accounting for about 21 % of its total number of Bed Bath & Beyond stores, over two years.

The initiative is part of a “store network optimization project” to customize its real estate portfolio and focus on cost savings, according to Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., based in Union, New Jersey.

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