Target Looks to Take Over Empty Lowe's Site

Company has filed a plan with the town for Huntington Station store.

The retail chain Target is planning to build on the vacant Lowe's property on Jericho Turnpike.

Town spokesman A.J. Carter confirmed Monday that the chain has filed an application for a modified site plan with the town.

Lowe's on a planned a 103,000-square-foot home-improvement store and a 26,500-square foot garden center on the site formerly occupied by the iconic , which closed in 2007. Some site work had begun, including the demolition of the decrepit townhouse, clearing of the land and initial foundation work.

The decision by the home-improvement store not to build in Huntington Station was one of a rapid series of store closings in Huntington Station last year.

Since then, the has reopened as a and other stores have opened at the Melville mall.

A spokeswoman for Target said, "Target enjoys serving our guests throughout Long Island, but has no news to share."

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Jessi10 August 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I would love not having to drive to Commack or Farmingdale to get to Target.
Diane Schaber August 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
i think this is a GREAT idea!!!!
Michael T. August 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Better than sittting the way it is now - plus it'll generate tax dollars for the TOH.
Ron August 13, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Target will at least offer more seasonal jobs for the college aged kids around here. They also run a great Facebook contest called Give With Target where people vote for their schools and Target gives out gift certificates. Some area schools have over $250 already. Not much in South Huntington ones though.That's ok...we're loaded anyhow.
Dianne Corso August 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I think this would be fabulous for the community - unfortnately I rarely shop Target because they are so far away from Huntington - either farmingdale or commack.
nicholas bourbaki August 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
We need more population like a hole in the head... but what about housing for young people that are already here and have no where to go? Affordable, local, and it gets them out of our basements! Just a thought. We don't really need more low-end retail, do we?
Laura August 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I like the idea. It is a good store. The mall is so close. The traffic terrible. Rush hour traffic a disaster in Huntington. Will parking be a problem ? I guess I am on the fence right now. I don not know ! Laura
Jim R. August 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Wow, there isn't a better retailer to put there. Fantastic!
Jason Molinet August 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Fair point.
Jason Molinet August 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Traffic should be a consideration for everyone.
George August 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Not a fan of Target BUT at least it will put a few jobs out there instead of more housing which will only create more people in an already over crowed town. And the traffic can't be no worse then it already is in that area. You will either have to deal with it or find alternative routes. As I already have Jericho is a living nightmare no matter what is or isn't there
Big_E August 14, 2012 at 03:23 AM
This will be great for the area. Now we need a new tenant for the Blockbuster location and the other abandoned properties in Huntington...
Nicole August 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Perfect- it would have to be some giant store to fill that spot!
Michael T. August 14, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Laura - given the size of the site and the size of the average Target store, the space is big enough for more than enough parking. My guess would be that people would stiop their on the way home from work (or going to). Personally, I avoid high traffice areas like that around rush hour if I don't have to be there, but I pass by there on the way home from work, so I would stop on the way. If others think the same, it wouldn't create more traffic because the traffic is already there - it would just be a stopping point along the way home.
Michael T. August 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Not only that, Target sells many, many things that can't be bought at the mall. You can buy the stuff you can buy at Target at the mall, Best Buy, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. but it's not all under one roof and Target has hard to beat pricing on a lot of things. With Toys R Us gone, there's a huge void in that area, because there are no toy stores. Target fills that as well.
Michael T. August 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
If it's the size of an average Target store, there will be no issues with parking - there'll be plenty of spots!
Michael T. August 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
B&N was forced out of their home by a landlord that wanted to escalate the rent an absurd amount of $$. They should open a smaller store (or make it bi-level) in the Blockbuster location - they can buy the land and not have to worry about paying rent.
Giloi_31 August 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The issue I have is the volume of traffic passing thru Jericho Tpke, esp during rush hour. Everyday, the traffic is at min 75-100 cars deep when approaching RT 110 from the West! Afer finally crossing 110 after several light changes, you get stopped again 50 yards away @ the NY Ave intersection! What more w/Target shoppers taking this route? Will they also have to add more entrances to the store? Thus, the possibility of MORE traffic lights to slow the flow of traffic even further. This become a quality of life concern.
Marita Eybergen August 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
What is great about Target is that they now have a great supermarket dept. Frozen foods as well as produce, dairy, meats. You can almost do your onetime shopping. Prices are pretty fair also. I agree with Dianne Corso, I don't usually shop Target because it is pretty far just to travel to Commack/Farmingdale but would shop more often if it were closer.
Diane August 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Everyone is complaining about traffic. I live right off of Jericho and close to the site. More traffic means more traffic lights and perhaps people will finally have to slow down. In my 16 years here I have seen seven fatalities. There is a posted speed limit of 40 right by the site. Does anyone know that? I've seen far too many medivacs land in the old town house parking lot then I care to count. Bring on Target and slow down the traffic..
Judy August 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
our community needs jobs - that's why people can't afford their homes. This is an affordable store, will bring in jobs, tax revenue. All good. Thankful it's not a Wal Mart.
Judy August 14, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Great point .
Pat & Erin August 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
This community needs something in that spot to generate taxes for the TOH, jobs for the community and obviously clearing up that site would be ideal as it is such an eyesore. I'm not a big Target fan, but would prefer to go there locally than out to Commack. I would never go to the Farmingdale store as I find 110 a nightmare from 8am to 7pm. Yes, there probably will be an increase in traffic, but what else can be done? A graveyard maybe, as I can think of nothing else that would fit into that space without impacting traffic. We need taxes from the businesses, we need businesses to provide jobs, I say go for it Target. I miss the Barnes and Noble store too, maybe Target can work out some sort of space deal and slide them in there with them...
Babaloo August 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Works for me. Just don't wear a red shirt while shopping at Target.


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