Primark stores planned for Roosevelt Field, Green Acres Mall

Primark will enter the Long Island market this year as the popular Irish fast fashion retailer accelerates its expansion into the United States.

The retailer plans to open a store at Roosevelt Field in Garden City in December, Chris Brivio, the mall’s general manager, said in an email provided by the mall’s media representative.

Additionally, in March 2021, Primark announced that it would open two new stores in New York between September 2022 and September 2023 – one in the Green Acres mall in Valley Stream and one in Gertz Plaza on Jamaica Avenue in Queens.

Primark last week declined to answer questions from Newsday about its Long Island plans, including a more specific date for the opening of the Green Acres Mall store.

Primark’s planned Roosevelt Field will occupy 63,823 square feet over two levels, and it will be the mall’s sixth-largest foothold, according to Brivio.

The store, which will be located between Dick’s Sporting Goods and JCPenney, will occupy space formerly occupied by Bloomingdale’s Furniture.

Founded in Ireland in 1969, Primark has over 400 stores in 14 countries across Europe and North America.

The retailer sells adult and children’s clothing, as well as beauty and home goods, at discounted prices, but Roosevelt Field is known as an upscale mall.

The mall offers a diverse range of tenants for a broad customer base, Brivio said.

“Roosevelt Field has a long history of serving all niches in the communities we serve from our mix of all-price department stores (Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and JCPenney), our restaurants for all tastes… and our vast and wide variety of small stores,” he said.

The Primark store planned for the Green Acres mall will occupy 35,100 square feet over two levels, part of which is former JCPenney space.

A spokeswoman for Green Acres said the mall does not know when the store will open.

Primark entered the US market in 2015 with a store in Boston. It now has 13 stores nationwide, including a store that opened in Philadelphia in September and one that opened in Chicago in March 2021.

Its two existing stores in New York State are in Staten Island and Brooklyn.

In November, Primark announced that it was accelerating its expansion in the United States and announced that leases had been signed for three new stores in New York State: at Roosevelt Field, the City Point residential and commercial development in Brooklyn and the Crossgates Mall in Albany.

The company said it expects its number of stores in the United States to grow to about 60 over five years.

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