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Report: BJ's Coming To Bellport Outlets

The abandoned shopping center will have three buildings demolished to bring in the wholesale club.

A BJ's Wholesale Club will be coming to the location of the abandoned Bellport Outlet Center, reports Newsday.

According to the report, Suffolk County Planning Commission unanimously approved Wednesday a site plan that will demolish three retail buildings in the Sunrise Highway location to construct the wholesale club.

The BJ's would be 87,778 square feet and 515 parking spaces.

"This is sorely needed because the area has been a mess," David Sloane, attorney for applicant Portwood LLC, told Newsday. "We're excited and I think the community is also excited because they want to see it redeveloped."

The report also said that while the property is zoned for retail, the Brookhaven planning board must approve the site plan. Sloane also told Newsday the proposal needs several variances that he hopes will come up before town zoning board in May and then planning board in June. The County planning commission will also discuss the project since it is within 500 feet of state-owned road Sunrise Highway.

If everything goes through, Sloane told Newsday construction would begin this fall and open by next summer.

Check the original report in Newsday (subscription), which includes history on the outlet center.

Nicole Chakmakian April 04, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I really wish they would put a Walmart there also, plenty of room if they put one on each end of the parking lot.
Charles Smith April 04, 2013 at 05:09 PM
It will be good for BJ's to be there, and if there is going to be a Walmart that is where it should go.
jeanne scarpati April 05, 2013 at 04:10 AM
yes, maybe it WILL be a good place for a super walmart...that would solve the problem for all who have been battleing over the hospital road site...ya' think!
jeanne scarpati April 05, 2013 at 04:15 AM
after thought:...would it be feasible to think the outlets that are on the north side would recharge the existing stores and fill in the empty ones? i know i for one would visit BOTH sides more often...
annette kattau April 05, 2013 at 02:22 PM
why don't we just forget Walmart entirely
Daniel Cole April 05, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Agreed. I have never understood the obsession some people have with Walmart. Their stores destroy local businesses, they pay their workers crap wages with no benefits, every store I have ever been in has been dirty and understocked, the checkout lines are almost comically long... the list goes on and on. Their prices aren't even all that low! We can do much better than those vampires.
Archie Bunker April 05, 2013 at 03:28 PM
WalMart has the lowest prices. It's a simple answer
Archie Bunker April 05, 2013 at 03:30 PM
I would tend to think they closed for a reason.
Daniel Cole April 05, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Chris, sometimes Walmart has the lowest prices (usually by only a few pennies), and sometimes they don't. What they actually have is a reputation for having the lowest prices and a great marketing campaign that reinforces this reputation. There was a time when Walmart did have a significant competitive advantage over other stores because of its early adaptation of computerized inventory control systems. That was Sam Walton's great innovation. But Sam's dead, every large chain and most small chains have these systems, and Amazon has more sophisticated systems than all of them. All Walmart has now is an unrelenting drive to cut its labor costs. In the last five years, more than 400 Walmarts have been built, but the company's overall workforce went down by over 20,000 in the same time period. When you see dirty stores with poorly-stocked shelves and twenty-minute checkout lines manned by exhausted, overworked and underpaid employees, that's the Walmart difference. And that difference is only being nominally reflected in the prices; most of that cost-cutting is going directly to profit. Quite frankly, they will do more harm than good if they put up a store around here.
Teresa Bellino Bobe April 06, 2013 at 12:11 PM
It is about time something is done with those buildings. And good that existing buildings are being used.
Patchogue Snoop April 10, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Charles Smith.....yeah great idea, then all out Main st and mom and pops will be dead. IMHO walmart is filthy and disorganized and not really cheaper, BJs is right around the corner in Medford...not needed. As for this... "This is sorely needed because the area has been a mess," David Sloane, attorney for applicant Portwood LLC, told Newsday. "We're excited and I think the community is also excited because they want to see it redeveloped." I would not believe a word in this statement. he can think all he wants but he was the one who pushed this "Outlet" in the first place. I can make a list a mile long as to the controversial projects this guy pushed as if they were going to be the next wonder of the world. Sounds like the ole Crookhaven days are back!!!

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