2013-11-08 / Community

Shopping Center Shows Signs Of Life

By Miriam Rosenberg

The owner of the Thriftway Shopping Center in downtown Far Rockaway has announced the first major signing of a long-term lease by a national chain as the renovation of the shopping center moves ahead.

For the last few years the shopping center has been undergoing renovations to the exterior and gutting out long-closed storefronts in anticipation of bringing in new businesses. At the end of last month shopping center owner Rita Stark announced that a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins has signed a lease to occupy one of stores.

“This is a long-term lease and the location will be next to the existing Capital One Bank with access for parking inside the shopping center and a second access for pedestrians on Mott and Central Avenue,” said Stark. Councilman Donovan Richards and his predecessor, State Senator James Sanders Jr., have been working with Stark for years to get the long neglected shopping center renovated to its once glory days.

“This is just the beginning of the revitalization of this shopping center, but also a sign of the revitalization of downtown Far Rockaway,” said Richards.

Stark said that preparations for other new tenants and clean up continue.

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