© 2023 WSHU
NPR News & Classical Music
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Long Island's Sunrise Mall is expected to lose more stores

Stew Milne
AP Images for Macy's

Long Island’s Sunrise Mall will not be renewing their tenants’ leases.

The mall in Massapequa is about half vacant. Some of the remaining stores include Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Raymour and Flannigan. It’s unclear if the tenants will have to leave by a certain date, or wait it out until their leases are up.

Urban Edge Properties bought the struggling mall in 2020 with the plan of redevelopment.

Zoning laws in the Town of Oyster Bay won’t allow for any residential development on the property, unless a change is approved by a town board. For now, it’s zoned for light industrial and commercial uses.

The mall was built back in 1973. It’s been struggling with high vacancy rates for years after losing many of their shoppers to online retail.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.