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.

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10/17/13 2:09pm
10/17/2013 2:09 PM

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A customer eats a burger at the Five Guys location in Huntington. For now, the closest Five Guys to Riverhead is in Port Jefferson Station.

Sorry, burger lovers: Five Guys Burgers and Fries has reportedly backed out of plans to open a franchise on Route 58 in Riverhead.

Riverhead Town planning and building administrator Jeff Muphree said Oct. 16 that the popular fast-food joint “changed their mind” about opening a store in Riverhead just one day after the planning board approved an amended site plan for them in August.

“They didn’t give a reason,” Mr. Murphree said of the change.

The Five Guys was originally set to be located near the front of the Saber Riverhead shopping center, which is currently being constructed on Route 58, just east of Riverhead Raceway. It was to join Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Buffalo Wild Wings, Christmas Tree Shops and Five Below, a representative of the developer said in August.

Mr. Murphree said The Vitamin Shoppe is expected to fill the space Five Guys was originally set to occupy.

Multiple attempts to reach Rich Decola, a representative for Saber Riverhead, were unsuccessful, and a Five Guys company spokesperson did not return repeated phone calls. Charles Cuddy, the Riverhead attorney representing Five Guys, could also not be reached.

Currently, the nearest Five Guys location is in Port Jefferson Station. The chain has doubled its number of stores to more than 1,000 open in the U.S. and Canada, according to a 2012 article published on Forbes.com. And it has more than 1,500 additional locations in the pipeline, making it the fastest growing burger chain in the U.S., according to the Forbes article.

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