Several more big box retailers announced closures in 2018, including Toys R Us in March and Kmart, which closed its doors Nov. 25.
The stores, once beacons for shoppers seeking blue light specials or the season’s hottest toy, have now joined the likes of Riverhead’s former Walmart, Sports Authority and Radio Shack franchises. READ
The era of the big box store has faded, as store owners are now proposing to establish several smaller stores in large retail buildings that once held single tenants. READ
Modell’s Sporting Goods is closing its Riverhead store.
Signs hung in the window advertise “drastic markdowns,” on merchandise, including clothing and athletic equipment.
The sports outfitter is located in the same block of retailers including Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond. READ
Harbor Freight Tools, a West Coast-based chain that sells discount tools and equipment, plans to take over the Route 58 storefront vacated by Home Goods when it moved west on Route 58 into The Shops at Riverhead shopping center.
Harbor Freight Tools, a family-owned company, was started in 1977 and now has more than 900 stores nationwide, includes locations in Centereach, Commack, Bay Shore, Amityville and Melville, according to its website. READ
Anyone who has driven on Route 58 in Riverhead knows Edwards Sports Center, a sporting goods store that has become something of a town landmark, standing there since 1954.
Owners Diane and Ron McGee have decided it’s time for them to retire, and with that comes the closing of their longstanding store. It sits on the corner of East Main Street and Route 58 in Riverhead and has become known for its selection of firearms, ammunition and hunting gear. READ
As she stood at the Route 58 traffic circle Saturday holding signs warning motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving, Margarita Jimenez would share her story with anyone willing to listen. Several people stopped to share their own story of how a drunken driving incident affected their life or someone they know. READ
A proposal to build a car wash, restaurant and retail store across the street from Riverhead Centre is being shrunk, according to Jeff Murphree, Riverhead Town’s Building and Planning Administrator, who spoke with Town Board members at their work session Thursday. READ
A Shirley man was arrested Thursday for allegedly using counterfeit money to make a purchase at West Marine in Riverhead. READ