St. James Shopping Center Stripped Bare [Empty in Smithtown]

The Shoppes at Green Hills has a lot of more empty storefronts. What's to be done?

Of the 13 stores in St. James strip-mall The Shoppes at Green Hills, five are empty. But to look at it you'd think a larger chunk of it had gone dark.

That's mostly due to this summer, which left a huge hole in the shopping center located at 556 Route 25A. It was the largest tenant there.

But the emptying started before Energy left.

Sylvan Learning center closed down, as did the Bagel Cafe, a family run joint that had operated there for years.

The St. James location for Realtors office RE/MAX also moved to 177 West Main Street in Smithtown. According to RE/MAX, the move happened because the company expanded and needed a larger space.

Though perhaps oldest vacancy Cool Beanz coffee house has the most resonance with locals. A cozy alternative shop that once hosted local artist events and open mics in addition to serving coffee and wine, Cool Beanz was a local staple. It also made national headlines when a van that was driven by a dog crashed into the storefront.

The dog's owner had locked his dog, Bently, in the car, while it was running, when Bently knocked the transmission into drive.

Today, much of the space is managed by Garritano Realty Group, which according to LoopNet is leasing space at $25 a square foot a year.

Businesses such as Empire Ginger, a Chinese restaurant, Kirin Hibachi and Stony Brook Hollow Pre-School are still operating at the strip mall.

There's a lot that needs filling there: What does St. James need?

Rich Garton October 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM
The bigger trend now is for transplant to move just over the border into SC which has lower taxes and you are close enough to Charlotte for great shopping and restuarants. Do I miss Smithtown Not really to much to explore here by yall
Cathy November 03, 2011 at 09:46 AM
If you go to Huntington Village, the town is thriving. What have they done so well that Smithtown has not?
Jonathan Vecchi November 10, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I think one real advantage of Huntington Village is that they have all of their shops centrally located in one area and have shops on both sides of the road. This maximizes foot traffic and allows for a more enjoyable experience, and allows walkins for businesses. When you think of going to some place in Smithtown, you have one location in mind and do not venture from that goal. If you are in Huntington or Port Jeff, you may go for the ambiance and window shop. Smithtown would need a complete reworking to get on that level in my opinion.
Whisper January 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Rich doesn't miss Smithtown but he keeps reading the local news. Sorry to hear that moving was the highlight of his life.
E Baum January 25, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Family, friends, wonderful parks, close town beaches, close ocean beaches, cultural venues- art, music, museums- minutes away, terrific restaurants, Manhattan, specialty hospitals, outstanding doctors, seasons, garbage pick-up, soon to be updated local libraries, the New York attitude, the energy...


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