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Stew Leonard's Plaza, Front Street, East Meadow. (Photo by Briana Bonfiglio)

A Florida-based retail center owner and real estate investment trust made a $130 million deal for Regency Centers Corp. to purchase four Long Island shopping centers – two in Nassau and two in Suffolk – with a combined 400,000 square feet of space.

The commercial real estate giant bought the Wading River Commons at 6222 Route 25A, anchored by King Kullen, on December 30, 2021, under the name Wading River Regency LLC, for $35 million, Suffolk County deed transfers released last week show. It was the priciest commercial deal in the area in 2021.

In addition to the Wading River property, they also bought another King Kullen shopping center in Eastport, a 99,000-square-foot center in Valley Stream, which is also anchored by a King Kullen, and a 140,000-square-foot center in East Meadow, anchored by a Stew Leonard’s and Marshalls.

King Kullen is the anchor store in the Wading River Commons, which Regency Centers Corp. purchased for $35 million. (Photo by Taylor K. Vecsey)

The company now owns and operates 30 properties in the greater New York-New Jersey-Long Island area.

“These are exactly the kinds of opportunities we seek out,” Jack deVilliers, Senior Vice President and Market Officer for Regency Centers, said in a statement. “This portfolio is a perfect addition to our expanding footprint in the New York Metro area, and we look forward to bringing our time-tested expertise to these locations.”

All four shopping centers had been owned by Serota Properties, a developer of retail, office and residential property in the greater New York area. In his statement, deVilliers said Serota was “well-deserving of their reputation in the region.” Geoff Serota represented Serota Properties in the deal.

Aaron Malinsky a partner of BTF Capital, and Kenneth Schuckman, President of Schuckman Realty, provided consulting services on both sides of the transaction.

All four centers are exclusively leased by Schuckman Realty on behalf of Regency Centers.

“The Long Island trade area has been a recession-resistant market proven to withstand the test of time,” said Schuckman. “The last couple of years have demonstrated the importance of centers like these, as well as their resilient connection to the surrounding communities.” 

The Wading River commercial site, sitting on nearly 14 acres with 99,118 square feet of space, is 82% leased, according to Regency Centers. There are three suites available, ranging from 1,200 square feet to 4,960 square feet, Schuckman Realty’s listing says. Tenants include King Kullen, CVS, Ace Hardware, Teachers Federal Credit Union, People’s United Bank, Verizon and more.

Meanwhile, Eastport Plaza at 5-25 Eastport Manor Road, is 97% leased. The available suite offers 1,280-square-feet. The 6.87-acre property holds a 45,466-square-foot retail center. In addition to the King Kullen, tenants include RiteAid, Michelangelo Pizzeria and Restaurant, Eastport Plaza Delicatessen, Suffolk Federal Credit Union, among others.

East Meadow Mall, also known as Stew Leonard’s Plaza, on Front Street in East Meadow, is 92% leased and has five retail spots totaling 9,785 square feet currently available. Aside from the Marshall’s and Stew Leonard’s, the shopping center hosts Club Pilates, My Salon Suites, Angel Nails Day Spa, Great Clips, Taco King, and others.

The King Kullen Shopping Center, on Merrick Road in Valley Stream, is 98% leased with one 2,175-square-foot space available. The center’s tenants also include Pet Supplies Plus, Baskin Robbins/Dunkin, Jenny Craig, Angel Tip Nails, Roslyn Savings Bank, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, GameStop, Cards for Less, Broadway Optics, and several others.

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-With Briana Bonfiglio

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