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Gromack: Nanuet Mall To Be Demolished, New Mall Coming

Macy's, Sears buildings would remain; "traditional" mall to be built.

Simon Properties, owner of the Nanuet Mall, plans on demolishing the mall in 2011 to make way for a new mall, Clarkstown town Supervisor Alex Gromack said Monday.

Gromack said mall representatives have picked up the necessary permit applications for the demolition of the structures owned by Simon, which include the main concourse of the mall, the former Boscov’s department store building and the two-story parking structure adjacent to the mall off Route 59.

Simon, however, does not own the buildings that house Macy’s and Sears. Gromack said those buildings would remain.

Gromack said applications could be coming to the town government within the next three to four weeks seeking approval for demolition. Gromack said the work is now targeted for September.

“I think it shows that they have a great deal of confidence in the Town of Clarkstown that we can support two malls,” said Gromack, referring to the Nanuet Mall and the nearby Palisades Center mall in West Nyack.

Gromack said the rebuilt Nanuet Mall would be a “traditional” mall. Construction on the next version of the mall would be in 2012, he said.

"They have decided to demolish what they have now and start with something completely new," said Gromack.

The 913,000 square foot mall opened in 1969 and features a variety of stores on two levels and a Macy's department store on the east side of the mall, with a Sears store on the west side.

Officials at Simon Properties have not commented on the future plans for the mall, which was expanded in 1994 and fell onto hard times with the opening of the larger Palisades Center in 1998.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company that owns or has an interest in 373 retail real estate properties comprising 256 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.

Matthew Ciuccio May 07, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Perhaps the Palisades Center will follow suit and Tear everything down, not Home Depot or Macy's and start again. Keeping up with the Joneses.
Steve May 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Bill... The stores closed at Nanuet because Simon (the mall company) did not renew their leases. Also Simon was not seeking a new store to replace Boscovs. Simon Deliberately did not renew any of the leases in the mall so that they can empty it and demolish it so they can build a new one.
Bill May 27, 2012 at 06:02 AM
I don't know why you're replying to a year old thread but are you claiming that the big chain stores like FYE, Forever 21, etc. left because their leases were not renewed and that they did not leave on their own for lack of business? Or are you saying that the mom & pop stores were forced to leave. I can definitely believe that latter. I find it very hard to believe that Simon kicked out big chain tenants who wanted to stay.
Bill May 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Also, they did not own the Boscov's store originally. I'm sure that if another chain wanted to buy it, they could have when Boscov's closed. Simon was able to buy it because no one else wanted it.
people the reality of shopping centers thru-out the country is as follows...open malls like Tices Farms are the new reality...thru-out the country there are many enclosed malls that are empty..the new generation buys on Amazon...free return shipping lower prices etc etc..they dont want the "MALL EXPERIENCE" Simon by the way has a cheif executive who made ready? over 125,000,000 dollars last year highest priced executive in the county...yes over 125 Million...and in reality Rocklands demographics skeak for themselves.

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