$5 million renovation underway at Plainview Mall with TJ Maxx

A $5 million renovation is underway at a Plainview mall, which discount store TJ Maxx will move into this year.

Renovation work at Woodbury Plaza on South Oyster Bay Road will include a new facade, signage, walkways and other improvements, said Robert Delavale, vice president and leasing manager of Breslin Realty Development Corp., the company Garden City which co-owns the mall with Manhasset-based real estate company Colin Development LLC.

The $5 million renovation project began five months ago, said Wilbur F. Breslin, chief executive and chairman of the board of Breslin Realty.

“The refurbishment would cover the entire mall, which would have been the second time since I bought the center in 1979 that we have redone the centre. … The facade [and other renovations] will be completed by September 15,” he said.

The mall’s first renovation was done in the early 1980s, Delavale said.

TJ Maxx will become Woodbury Plaza’s biggest anchor when it moves into the 24,000-square-foot end unit at 401 S. Oyster Bay Road, which home decor store Bed Bath & Beyond has vacated. in January. The TJ Maxx is currently located across the street in a 30,000 square foot space in the Woodbury Mall at 410 S. Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville, where it has been since 1997.

“We anticipate that our TJ Maxx store…in Hicksville will move to Woodbury Plaza this fall. We have approximately 70 associates working in our current location and they are expected to transfer to the new location,” said Bethany Crocetti, spokesperson for The TJX Companies Inc., the Framingham, Massachusetts company that owns TJ Maxx.

The Plainview and Hicksville malls are in the town of Oyster Bay.

Built in 1955, Plainview Mall is a 102,000 square foot development. It has become more upscale in recent years with the addition of new tenants, such as the 2020 arrivals of The French Workshop, part of a Queens-based artisan bakery chain of three stores, and Trek Bicycle Store, which is owned by a Waterloo, Wis.-based retailer, Delavale said.

Other existing tenants include Bath & Body Works; clothing stores Loft, Gap and Banana Republic; and Trader Joe’s grocer.

The change in tenant mix contributed to TJ Maxx’s decision to move across the street, Delavale said.

“I think, No. 1, because we have a much superior mix of tenants to complement their merchandise. I think we have more visibility and I think it has something to do with … the physical layout of their existing store,” he said.

Crocetti did not elaborate on why TJ Maxx was moving, beyond saying, “We are always evaluating and revising our real estate strategies and our decision to move this store reflects that thinking.”

Josam Associates LLC, a Smithtown-based entity that owns the Woodbury Mall, did not return a request for comment to Newsday.

In January, Michael Levin, president of Josam Associates, told Newsday that discount grocer Aldi was considering leasing two-thirds of the space occupied by TJ Maxx after the off-price store left.

On Friday, Aldi said it “did not have any information to share on the potential opening of an Aldi store in Hicksville.”

Edwin S. Wolfe