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New Stores Join Whitman Shops Lineup

Retailers are part of huge expansion of mall.

Several new or expanded stores are opening up at Walt Whitman Shops, part of the major overhaul of the Huntington Station mall.

The 70,000-foot expansion is expected to be completed in the fall.

New to the mall lineup are Soma Intimates, which specializes in intimate apparel. The new 2,947 square-foot Soma boutique opened Jan. 31 in the Macy’s wing, next to White House | Black Market.

Also new is Tumi, which offers luxury travel, business and lifestyle accessories, which opened Jan. 24 on 1,333 square feet in the Bloomingdales wing, near Free People and Brighton Collectibles.

Expanding are:

Godiva, the  Belgium chocolatier,  which went from 687 square feet to 1,057 square feet and opened earlier this month near Simon Guest Services and Tourneau.  

Bebe, a fashion retailer, will reopen in the Macy's wing, next to Abercrombie & Fitch and Francesca’s Collections. It is expanding from 4,044 square feet to a 4,621 square-foot location.

Also expanding and reopening soon are: Sunglass Hut, which will more than double in size, to an 885-square foot spot near Simon Guest Services and Tourneau. Brookstone will soon move into a 2,938 square-foot location near Microsoft and Victoria’s Secret.

“This year will be an incredible leap toward completing the big picture at Walt Whitman Shops, offering shoppers everything they could ask for in a thoroughly revitalized and exciting retail environment,” commented Deborah Weber, general manager for Walt Whitman Shops.

The mall added 11 new retailers in 2012:  Anthropologie, The Art of Shaving,  Free People,  Hanna Andersson, Henri Bendel, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Microsoft, Swarovski, True Religion, Vera Bradley and White House | Black Market.

The mall also will have:

  • A new center interior featuring installation of accent lighting, new seating areas, new color scheme for walls and flooring, a new Center Court, renovation of customer restrooms, along with the addition of a family restroom, and new skylights. The new restrooms were completed in November while interior work is underway and expected to be finished by late summer.
  • A pedestrian-friendly exterior streetscape with new landscaping, upgraded site lighting, reconfiguration of parking with 150 additional spots and reorientation of driveways with the addition of traffic lights.  Other than some final paving, changes to the parking areas on the Route 110 side are complete. Work on the remaining exterior improvements is just getting underway as well.
  •  Bus stop relocation to the south side of the property parking lot, adjacent to Panera Bread, with eight bus shelters and clearly defined route information for riders along with a new, modern transfer facility that began operating in April.

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Mary Z February 17, 2013 at 02:10 PM
For the record I am not a huge Target, Walmart or Kmart fan. Some of their stuff is garbage. What I like is affordable mall (Forever 21, Aeropostale, Children's Place) to stroll and shop and get a bite to eat without having to drive a half an hour to. Oh wait, that's what we had! Why didn't they just clean up what was there?
Janet February 17, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Thank you Mary Z...I agree and it's not just Huntington Station people...Huntington Township includes a lot of areas... Hikerr..There aren't any fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Burger King, there are some decent sit down restaurants...There's no explaining things to you because you don't think of anyone but yourself from what you said. People are just asking that it meet the needs of a broader demographic, then those that want 5 Star restaurants and pay $200 for a pair of jeans...
Rich H February 17, 2013 at 04:45 PM
It will be a great place for culling the herd. The fashionistas wearing the sunglasses at dusk ,driving their oversized SUV's, with cellphones pasted to their face will have no one to run over but their own kind. Let us all celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ron February 17, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Too funny.
Lisa February 17, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I agree with Beth. I no longer have a place to shop for my 5 year old. The Children's Place and Gymboree are gone from the mall. The Baby Gap and Gap Kids is too small and never has enough shipment and J Crew - Crew Cuts is way over priced. Now I have to go to the Deer Park Tanger outlets to shop! Looking forward to having Target open on Jericho Tpke where the Old Huntington Town house was. Walt Whitman Mall is not family friendly at all. Its terrible.
Dad of Three February 17, 2013 at 05:42 PM
To Kristie M, who wrote "Simon leases to pet stores selling puppies from inhumane puppy mills. Most other malls refuse these leases, Simon welcomes them.", please provide the objective source to validate your comment.
Shelley February 17, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Hikerr maybe you are living in the wrong area?? There are plenty of five star restaurants close enough. Why do you come here if you get mad at people discussing what they can or cannot afford? People who cannot afford lavish stores have just as much right to vent as you do with your high rated requests! There are most likely more of us than you. Its called freedom of speech for everyone :)
Jahna B. February 18, 2013 at 02:02 AM
There is a nice Seafood restaurant and a Cheesecake Factory at the mall already. There used to be a McDonalds (not sure if it's still included or not). The last time my fiancee and I were there it took us 30 min or less to realize there was nothing there for us. I'd like to see a Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and other type of stores.. I shouldn't have to be relagated to Target, WalMart or KMart or the like or having to drive out of my way to get to a mall that services all economic levels.
Jahna B. February 18, 2013 at 02:06 AM
@JSC I do have an mp3 player via my phone and a Nook but I do also LOVE to go to bookstores and collect hardbacks. I cried when they closed the Barnes and Noble on 110 near the mall. I also just got an actual CD for Valentines Day. So I'm with you. :)
Kristie M February 18, 2013 at 01:23 PM
American Dog is opening in Smith Haven Mall, there are several in NJ and across the country. Calls and emails to their main offices and Smith Haven go unanswered. The Simon Web sites lists all their stores, by property. Dozens of pet stores on that list. I write a blog for Patch and have done a lot of research on this(I'm also a librarian). Most of the facts are in this blog: http://huntington.patch.com/blog_posts/the-midwest-to-li-puppy-trail The only thing i have not updated yet is the new bill number (S1262A in blog). It was not voted on in 2011, but is being introduced this year, hence the change in number to S3753, which can be found here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S3753-2013
Dad of Three February 18, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Thank you. All Simon malls should be boycotted by residents of Long Island. For my part, I will not step foot in the Walt Whitman Mall until Simon has a policy of prohibiting puppy mill stores in their malls. Too bad, I kind of like the place, and more than many posters on this thread. But some things are inexcusable, and puppy mill outlets fall in that category.
June M. February 18, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I'm with you, Janet...100%!!
Brian February 18, 2013 at 09:14 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm...puppies....taste like chicken.
kptree February 18, 2013 at 09:23 PM
@RichH- best comment ever! Maybe fewer places to shop is a great thing- Americans as a whole need to spend much less money on disposable consumer goods, especially shoddy products from Target, Walmart, Forever 21, the Gap, etc. Buy less and buy American- actually support small business owners instead of wearing $5 t-shirts manufactured by workers and children for slave wages. http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/13/living/made-in-america http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/12/12/whos-responsibile-for-worker-safety-abroad
Native New Yorker February 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I agree w/concerned citizen. it's about time we have upscale stores in the area instead of travelling to Manhattan. If folks want less expensive items, there is always Target, JCP, TJMaxx etc. Why are folks so angry with people who can afford better quality? There is a store for everyone in the area.
Native New Yorker February 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Janet - no one is pushing you out. You can come into the mall whenever you please. Perhaps the upscale stores will motivate folks to work harder in order to be able to purchase the wonderful items that will be sold in the upscale stores.
Janet February 19, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Still don't understand why it has to be so divided...so those of us that don't care about the upscaled stores are subject to Target and Kmart...(not the worse thing)again why can't there be broad spectrum of stores available to more of the population? You don't need to go into Manhattan...go to Manhassett or out East to the Hamptons...
Janet February 19, 2013 at 01:15 AM
@Native New Yorker , Who are you to insinuate that we don't work hard enough?! Have you seen the statistics on living on LI? That many people can't afford it any more...If i did earn more it would be spent on more worthy things than $300 shoes or jeans or sun glasses....Helping the less fortunate (which I do any way), traveling to educate myself and my family. It's a shallow way to look at more money to be spent on THINGS. I will tell you that besides home mortgage we don't have any debt...Can you say the same?
Shelley February 19, 2013 at 02:03 AM
VERY WELL said Janet!!
Lisa February 19, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Agreed Janet! @Native New Yorker what a huge assumption you made. Many people, including myself can afford to shop at these new stores, but why should we? We should be given a choice, a variety of stores - low end to high end. I don't know any parent (even those who can afford it) that would spend $50 on a polo shirt at crew cuts for a 5 yr old. Lets be practical now.
Kristie M February 19, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Awesome! Thanks for adding your voice Dad of Three! You're right, they are nothing more than puppy mill outlets. Fortunately there's no shortage of places to shop on LI. I love the idea that you must be passing this compassion and sense of right to your three!
Janet February 19, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Agreeing right back at you Lisa... thank you Shelley....
FYI February 19, 2013 at 05:26 AM
It's for the workers who can't afford to drive...
FYI February 19, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Why not just stop complaining and shop where you can afford to?
FYI February 19, 2013 at 05:31 AM
How funny that when people can't afford to shop somewhere, it suddenly becomes "snobby". There are plenty of affordable stores around if the mall is too pricey for you. And before you accuse me of being snobby as well, I shop other places as well.
Jahna B. February 19, 2013 at 05:32 AM
@NativeNewYorker Really? If we work harder? My fiance already works 50+ hours a week and I have my own income. How do you propose we work harder to " be able to purchase the wonderful items that will be sold in the upscale stores." People have families and finite incomes, not to mention finite hours in a week they can work. So how again do you propose we work harder to afford this stuff? Just curious.
Native New Yorker February 19, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Yup! No debt whatsoever! Lighten up - smile more - enjoy life! As for me, I don't have time for this nonsense - have more important things to do. Have a wonderful day - namaste!! ☺
Bebe February 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM
browsing, walking and shoplifting... just sayin'. I read the police blotter here on Patch.
Joan Potashner April 03, 2013 at 10:45 PM
It was charming and very shopable as a small mall.The bigger the more exhausting. It's a shame.
Justin Thyme April 03, 2013 at 11:27 PM
With all this going on, why would the town allow 50 of the 100 acres at Mediavilla Orchard on Jericho Turnpike (just before East Northport) be developed into 400,000 square feet of stores. That's almost as big as Walt Whitman Mall. This is crazy.

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