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Lowe's Pulls Out of Huntington Station

Company decides not to build on site of former Huntington Townhouse.

Lowe's won't be building in Huntington Station after all, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

"We are no longer pursuing building a store on the site," company spokeswoman Stacey Lentz said Tuesday evening. "As you know, we announced a few weeks ago that we are going to open fewer stores. We’ve completed some environmental cleanup, some retaining walls, etc."

Lentz, who said the Town of Huntington had been notified, said the property would go up for sale.

Lowe's had announced Oct. 17 that it would close 20 underperforming stores, including one in upstate Batavia, and that it has discontinued a number of planned new store projects. Instead of the projected 30 stores a year, Lowe said it expected to open 10 to 15 per year.

The company had planned a 103,000-square-foot home-improvement store and a 26,500-square foot garden center for the vast site formerly occupied by the iconic , which closed in 2007. 

Lowe’s and Racanelli Construction Co., the general contractor, conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in July at the Jericho Turnpike site. Representatives from Lowe’s, Town of Huntington officials and Racanelli participated in the event.

The Huntington Station store would have been Lowe's 66th in the state. The company had said it expected to create about 125 jobs with the new site.

last November for signage, parking and other requested changes. Throughout the spring and summer, the site was busy as men and machines tore down the eyesore that the townhouse had become as it sat vacant for four years.

Jim R. November 02, 2011 at 06:55 PM
They should build a nail salon, mega pharmacy, barber shop and multiple frozen yogurt shoppes. We are in dire need of all!
Christine November 02, 2011 at 07:13 PM
How about Avalon Bay 2 ?
Kim November 02, 2011 at 07:27 PM
You can't. It's zoned Commercial. Spot Zoning is illegal. You cannot build residential anything.
gene November 02, 2011 at 11:02 PM
how about a wal mark we need more job in the area not parks there are too many people out of work in huntington
J. Christopher November 03, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Spot zoning is illegal? Didnt our town board spot zone the site for the unwanted, Avalon Bay? Do not think for one minute, that they wont spot zone for the next, "social experiment".
Anne November 03, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Good point, Kim. Well then...a movie theater would be nice, but not a multiplex. Wouldn't it be cool to actually have a big screen, full size movie theater...like in " the old days"? Ain't gonna happen...not enough money in it. Even the multiplex theaters are empty two weeks after the film debut. Maybe a ski slope for winter (cover the recently created sand dunes with snow) and simulated beach with salt water pool for summer. Let's face it...we THE PEOPLE will have no choice. It's private property and whoever buys it will decide...if anyone buys that huge tract!! But WE THE PEOPLE can dream!
Anne November 03, 2011 at 01:01 AM
And, of course a restaurant for before or after the movie. Popcorn alone does NOT cut it!
William Murray November 03, 2011 at 02:16 AM
The pile of sand on the property is from the hole that was dug for the leaching pool field. If you stop and look you will see that there are many drainage pools in the hole and the pile of material was to go back on top of that. I guess those will be coming out now.
William Murray November 03, 2011 at 02:22 AM
BTW: I say no housing until we get the houses that are for sale now sold. Any addition to the housing stock now will not help anyone. As for that for that often repeated "we need cheap housing for the kids to stay here". The kids are not going to stay here as long as there are no good paying jobs for them and the taxes are so high. They can move to another part of the country and get the same pay as here and buy a house for half the cost and pay a third of the taxes. We can't compete if we keep doing the same thing over and over.
Huntington Resident November 03, 2011 at 01:53 PM
How about if we relocate Avalon to the Lowe's site..!
Daniel Campbell November 03, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Nice scoop, Pam!
Huntington Resident November 03, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Relocate the Avalon to the Lowe's site and convert the Proposed Avalon site to a park.....
Huntington Resident November 03, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Nobody ever mentioned whether or not Lowe's was going to continue with their store that they are proposing in Smithtown / Commack. The Multi-Plex theater site..!!!
Big_E November 03, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Scroll up, I asked the question and somebody answered on Tuesday that they didn't think that one was happening either.
David Klopman November 03, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I vote for a Six Flags.. lol
Pam Robinson (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Thanks, Daniel! We had help from Patch readers.
Big_E November 03, 2011 at 03:26 PM
RE: Commack Lowes (From Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/business/lowe-s-pulls-huntington-station-store-1.3292511) "But Frank DeRubeis, director of Smithtown Planning and Community Development Department, said he received a call Tuesday from an attorney representing Lowe's, telling him that the company's plans in Commack were still ongoing. Lowe's preliminary application is before the town's board of zoning appeals."
Big_E November 03, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Why they would keep going in Commack, when they are abandoning Huntington is a huge mystery.
Scott November 03, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I'm all for a B&N going in there to replace the one we're gonna lose soon. A largerone, like the Commack store, with music and videos would be great.
Big_E November 03, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Yesterday, either the Patch or Newsday mentioned that B & N had no plans to relocate the store.
Punchline November 03, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Probably because Lowe's didn't want to get Huntington Station pregnant.
Al November 03, 2011 at 11:34 PM
The town should go after Stew Leonards, the property is a perfect location for them. They tried a few years back to open a Long Island location near the airport and that apparently fell through. We need a business that will thrive at this location, pay taxes and create jobs!
Anne November 03, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Great idea Al...Stew Leonards was only able to put the liquor portion of it's business near the airport. I'd love to see the food store here.
Hikerr November 04, 2011 at 08:53 AM
What short memories we have. Many from the community begged pleaded and fought against the Tof H not to install a day laborer site on Depot Rd, the town ignored the community...Many from the community (including the owner of the TownHouse) begged pleaded and fought against the Tof H not to bulldoze the wooded area across the street from the Town House to build a PEP Boys....it's now a parking lot for a car dealership.Many from the community begged pleaded and fought against the Tof H not to let LOWES build on the site of the Town House...Many from the community begged pleaded and fought against the Tof H not to allow AVALON BAY.... Do you sense a pattern? You all may have good ideas, but the Town of Huntington doesn't hear you, but you can make them hear Nov.8.
lori November 04, 2011 at 07:03 PM
I grew up in E.Northport I couldn't afford to live there so I moved to a area I could afford, the reason kids cant afford to buy is because they are spending there money on new $400 I phones & flat screen TVs, new cars & $30,000-$60,000 weddings (I see it all the time) instead of saving money like we all did back in the 70's & 80's..my husband & I saved our money for 5 years & got a handyman special, todays young couples want it all right away...they want stainless steel in the kitchens & granite countertops, all of my freinds did the same thing as I did, it took us 10 years to finish fixing it up but its done just the way we like it...there are plenty of affordable houses they are called starter houses they are small but affordable, they might not be in the area you want but this is why they call them starters, what ever happened to the saying -One day if you work hard enough & save your money you can live in a place like that...this is what my parents always told me!!!
lou lou November 09, 2011 at 06:54 PM
there are many houseing apt townhouses just over the line in the town of woodbury and syosset. I think avalon bay would love it and young people would love it to.
Luanne DeRosa December 31, 2011 at 02:46 AM
How about another Barnes and Noble and Toys R us!
Ole T December 31, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Since Lowes still owns the land where the Town House used to be. I believe it is up to the company on what to do with the property. I believe they bought it for 35 million dollars but would take a big loss on selling the property. So it is up to Lowes on what to do with the property. The economy has a lot to do with this plain & simple.
David Mir June 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
A senior establishment would be a crock. We have enough senior homes scattered through out Long Island. We all know seniors go to warm places like the senior retirement state of Florida. They all go to those senior communities where everything under the sun is done for them. They play shuffle board and kick back. That would be their best bet. The only thing they would have to put up with is the reptile population which is growing fast. I would like to see a new Walmart built there.
Jim R. June 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
35 mill?? That seems absolutely ridiculous

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