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Strip Mall, Stripped Bare [Empty in Westhampton-Hampton Bays]

A series, asking readers their thoughts on empty buildings in Westhampton-Hampton Bays

Along Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton, sits a 25-year-old strip mall, with at least four storefronts that have been sitting empty for a year. 

"People are not starting new businesses," said Ron Babarchich, of Eastland Realty, who holds the mall listings. "In the past, people would rent a spot and open up, but now they are shying away from that. It's very hard."

The four storefronts range in size from 780 square feet to 3,200 square feet.  One of them was formerly rented by an alarm company that has since gone out of business.

The storefronts are currently renting for $29 a square foot and more information can be obtained by calling (631) 734-7900.

What would you like to see occupy these spots?

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Chrissie November 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM
You know, not for nothing, but figure out the math. That is CRAZY expensive, why would someone risk opening a buisness?
Steve Rosmarin November 18, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Patrick- I couldn't agree you you more...signed, a local broker
John November 22, 2011 at 02:19 PM
The seasonality of Westhampton Beach is the main concern of any business owner. The months of June, July and August cannot support business during the uninhabited months of Oct through May. Yes, a sewer system would alleviate the issues on Main Street and the obstacles to opening up a business (especially a restaurant) But, everything in Westhampton is for sale ..so that should tell you something about the area. The Town needs to develop a long-term plan for business development. Attracting more banks and real estate offices is NOT the solution!!
susan November 22, 2011 at 03:06 PM
"Formally rented"? As opposed to "informally rented"???
Erica Jackson January 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Thank you for catching that Susan. It should be "formerly." A correction has been made.

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