01/08/14 11:00am
01/08/2014 11:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Aldi will open on Route 58 in Riverhead Jan. 10, the company announced in a press release.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Aldi will open on Route 58 in Riverhead Jan. 10, the company announced in a press release.

Low-price grocery retailer Aldi will open its Route 58 store on Jan. 10, a public relations spokesperson for the company said in a press release. A 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held outside the store, which is located in a shopping center just east of Riverhead Raceway. A grand opening event with product samples and on-site sweepstakes for the chance to win Aldi gift cards will follow.

“We are pleased to bring our first store to Riverhead to help customers get high-quality products at everyday low prices,” said Bruce Persohn, South Windsor division vice president for Aldi. “We challenge shoppers to switch from national brands to our high-quality exclusive brands and save up to 50 percent without compromising. As important as price is, the only way to attract and keep shoppers is to have quality products.”

A national retailer with nearly 1,300 stores in 32 states, Aldi sells food and general merchandise under generic brands exclusive its company, a move the retailer claims saves customers money.

When Aldi launches later this week, it will be the fourth retailer in the new shopping center to open its doors, joining Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Christmas Tree Shops. Starbucks is still under construction in the plaza.

Buffalo Wild Wings, which is located in the shopping center next to Aldi, was previously expected to open Dec. 9 but remains closed.

ryoung@timesreview.com

12/03/13 10:10am
12/03/2013 10:10 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The back parking lot of the Christmas Tree Shops overlooks a clear view of Riverhead Raceway.

It appears the parking lot of the new Saber Riverhead shopping center — featuring Dick’s Sporting Goods and other stores — gives shoppers something extra: a free view of the high-speed action that will take place next door at Riverhead Raceway.

But not for long.

Management at the Route 58 Raceway plans to erect a new section of billboards to block the view of the southern portion of the track, which can be seen from the adjacent parking lot.

“It’s not going to be an open area,” said Joseph Arian, a marketing manager for the racetrack.

He said the raceway hopes to have the new billboards in place by April, when the 2014 racing season starts.

The idea is to offset the cost of the billboards through the advertisements carried on them, Mr. Arian said.

“We’re hoping the local businesses will want to be involved, especially because of all the new shopping in the area,” he said.

The 122,000-square-foot Saber Riverhead complex, where Dick’s Sporting Goods, Christmas Tree Shops and Five Below have already opened, is one of three new large shopping centers in the vicinity.

The 271,000-square-foot Shops at Riverhead center, which will have a Costco Warehouse as its anchor, is being constructed across the street from the raceway and a new 170,000-square-foot super Walmart store is being built just west of that.

It’s possible that some shoppers in the new stores, which include a Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar and grill, will be inspired to visit the racetrack as well, Mr. Arian said, since it will be just a short walk away.

11/27/13 4:19pm
11/27/2013 4:19 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to open in Riverhead Dec. 9.

COURTESY PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to open in Riverhead Dec. 9.

Work up your appetite, wings fans: the general manager of the new Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 58 in Riverhead said the casual restaurant is slated to open Dec. 9.

“We’re very excited for the opening,” said Andrew Schuett, the general manager of the 6,000-square-foot Riverhead location, which is housed in the easternmost side of the new shopping complex located just east of Riverhead Raceway. “We’re going to bring a little bit of Buffalo Wild Wings to the East End.”

As part of its grand opening, Mr. Schuett said, the restaurant’s first 100 patrons will receive a voucher book entitling them to six free chicken wings a week for a year.

The plaza where Buffalo Wild Wings is located is also home to a recently-opened Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Christmas Tree Shops. Starbucks, Aldi and The Vitamin Shoppe — all located in the same shopping center — are scheduled to open in the next few months.

ryoung@timesreview.com

11/22/13 10:30am
11/22/2013 10:30 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Christmas Tree Shops opened today on Route 58 in Riverhead.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Christmas Tree Shops opened today on Route 58 in Riverhead.

Christmas Tree Shops opened its doors to the public today, making it the third retailer in the new Route 58 shopping complex east of Riverhead Raceway to make its official entrance in the past two months.

In addition to seasonal holiday décor, the 34,000-square-foot Riverhead store sells a variety of continuously changing merchandise, including home goods, gifts, cleaning supplies, health and beauty products and snacks.

“Christmas Tree Shops has been a New England staple for 40-plus years,” said Todd Johnson, the company’s president. “Customers are used to the quirky name and count on us throughout the year for everything from gifts to grills to dish detergent.”

The plaza where Christmas Tree Shops is located is also home to a recently-opened Dick’s Sporting Goods and Five Below. Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings and The Vitamin Shoppe — all located in the same shopping center — are slated to open in the next few months.

ryoung@timesreview.com

11/15/13 10:00am
11/15/2013 10:00 AM
IKE ISRAEL COURTESY PHOTO | An artist's rendering of the Northville Commerce Park.

IKE ISRAEL COURTESY PHOTO | An artist’s rendering of the Northville Commerce Park.

While three major construction projects on Route 58 within a quarter-mile have hummed along over the past couple of months, farther east up the road, progress at the Northville Commerce Park is moving along as well.

And new tenants are expected by the spring.

Sited at the corner of Northville Turnpike and Route 58, businesses at the planned 28,000-square-foot office complex are expected to start moving in come May, said Richmond Realty realtor Ike Israel, the property’s co-developer.

Work on the complex, which Mr. Israel said will ultimately contain four 7,200-square-foot buildings, began earlier this year.

The structural steel for one building has been erected and the foundation for another building is in the ground, Mr. Israel said. The exterior shell of a third building has also been constructed.

The building’s uses are still being determined, Mr. Israel said, but they will likely house medical and professional offices.

“We are negotiating with various types of tenants,” he said, adding that there are still some available spaces in the complex.

Mr. Israel’s vision for the complex, he said, is “Office space that has high exposure and is convenient to the hospital and the rest of Riverhead.”

Mr. Israel, who is developing the industrial park with his father – Richmond Realty broker and owner Richard Israel – said he hopes the complex will be completely finished by fall 2014.

“Our speed of construction is weather-dependent,” Ike Israel said.

Work on the project first began in 2010, when Riverhead-based Richmond Realty entered into a contract for the property. They began submitting site plans for approval in 2011.

Northville Commerce Park is one of several active commercial construction sites on Route 58. A Walmart Supercenter, located across the street from Tanger Outlets, is expected to open early next year, and a Costco is being constructed further east, across the street from the Riverhead Raceway.

Just east of the Riverhead Raceway sits another recently-completed shopping center, which contains a just-opened Dick’s Sporting Goods and Five Below. Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings and Christmas Tree Shops — all located in the plaza — are slated to open in the next few months.

ryoung@timesreview.com

10/30/13 1:00pm
10/30/2013 1:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Five Below will open in Riverhead Friday.

Five Below, a national retailer that sells products aimed at pre-teens and teenagers for $5 and less, will open its doors on Route 58 in the shopping center next to Riverhead Raceway on Nov. 1.

As part of its grand opening celebration, Five Below will be giving away Five Below T-shirts, five-cent hot dogs and prizes, including one $100 Five Below shopping spree, said Abby Bedecs, a public relations spokesperson for the Philadelphia-based company.

Five Below, which Ms. Bedecs said sells items like smartphone accessories, arts and crafts and fitness equipment, is the second shop in the Saber Riverhead shopping center to open in the last two weeks. Dick’s Sporting Goods opened for business Oct. 25, making it the first retailer in the plaza to open.

The shopping center, which has been the subject of years-long litigation, gained its approvals from the Riverhead Town Planning Board just under a year ago. Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings and Christmas Tree Shops — all located in the plaza — are slated to open in the next few months.

ryoung@timesreview.com