Town tips its hat to developer giving new life to old Macy’s

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The Town of Clarkstown officially recognized developer Joe
Farkas this week as they celebrated the opening of the 101,488 s/f At Home store
at the Shops at Nanuet.

The store opened in what was the old Macy’s at 7100 Fashion Drive, just off the New York State Thurway in the Rockland County hamlet of Nanuet.

Farkas’ Metropolitan Realty Associates (MRA) – in partnership with equity partners Angelo, Gordon – gutted the property inside and out, installing new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, high-speed elevator and escalator arteries. They created a grand two-story lobby and dog-friendly outdoor park along with cutting-edge exterior branding an interior wifi options.

It finished the reconstruction during the pandemic and
worked with the development team of At Home to build out its 101,000 s/f
interior in preparation for this week’s grand opening.

“This is a fantastic day to celebrate a win for
brick-and-mortar retail,” said Farkas. “The opening of the At Home store at the
Shops of Nanuet demonstrates that there will always be a need for best-in-class
retail store experiences in well located and designed centers across the
country.”

Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann was also on hand to welcome
At Home to the Shops at Nanuet and present Farkas with a special proclamation in
recognition of his commitment to the town.

Farkas has been working with Supervisor Hoehmann and local
authorities as part of a larger effort to rezone Nanuet as a Transit Oriented
Development and create new jobs within the retail sector of the community. He
also is assisting the Supervisor’s Business & Economic Development Advisory
Committee.

“We are pleased this property will continue to be a vibrant retail space, serving as an engine of economic activity and job creation for the Town of Clarkstown,” said Supervisor Hoehmann. “Thank you to Joe Farkas and MRA for their vision and commitment to this project.”

Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann presented Joe Farkas with a proclamation recognizing his contribution to the town’s redevelopment during an opening celebration for the At Home superstore at The Shops at Nanuet.

David Landes and Jeanine Kemm of Royal Properties are
serving as leasing agents for the remaining 118,000 s/f space, as well as a
3,000 s/f pad site that can accommodate a double drive thru.

According to the retail brokers, the newly reconfigured space offers At Home a vibrant new home within a destination shopping center whose tenants include Stop & Shop, Regal Cinemas, 24-Hour Fitness and specialty retailers Apple, Coach, Michael Kors, Sephora, Starbucks, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, and P.F. Chang’s.

DAVE LANDES

“With exterior branding opportunities, a new two-story
lobby, a dog-friendly outdoor park, wireless technology to enhance the overall
shopping experience and At Home serving as a premier anchor tenant, the
remaining space will appeal to single or multiple retail users who are eager to
be at the forefront of next generation retail,” said Landes.

A no frills home goods retailer, At Home has been rapidly growing
since taking its operation public in 2016. Since founding as a single store in
Shertz, Texas, in 1979, the company now operates 219 stores in 35 states across
the country.

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