ShopRite confirmed Wednesday that it will indeed be moving into the vacant Kmart store at Huntington Commons in Huntington, with a plan to open next fall.
The New Jersey-based chain will join the supermarket wars that heated up two years ago in Huntington, when Shop & Shop was posed by buy the King Kullen stores and Lidl had bought the Best Yet chain. Stop & Shop abandoned its plans to buy King Kullen, however, which announced in June that market conditions, including the Covid-19 epidemic, had altered the supermarket landscape.
ShopRite said that Seth Greenfield, who owns five ShopRite stores on Long Island, would also run the newest store.
“We are excited to be planning the opening of another ShopRite on Long Island in the fall of 2021 at Huntington Commons. Long Island is our home, and as a family-run business we look forward to bringing our new, state-of-the-art supermarket to the Huntington community. The construction of our new store will be accompanied by renovations to upgrade and update the shopping center as we prepare for opening day next year.”
ShopRite also has stores nearby in Hauppauge, Deer Park and Plainview.
A Pathmark that once filled the space now occupied by Home Depot left the center in 1996. Kmart closed in January 2019 as its parent filed for bankruptcy protection. A map at Urban Edge Properties, which owns the center, shows the grocery store will occupy most though not all of the space.
Tommy Tacos restaurant recently opened at the center.