TOWN OF MONROE – The real estate development and management firm that owns most of the Harriman Commons Shopping Center recently announced plans to redevelop the former rue21 teen clothing store into perhaps five to 10 new restaurants.
The “food hall” plan by Manhattan-based RD Management is part of a nationwide trend. Shopping center and mall owners, in recent years, have been creatively redeveloping brick-and-mortar retail spaces because research shows that America still has a considerable glut of stores.
The shopping center — which includes such stores as Target, Walmart, Home Depot and BJ’s — is located in the towns of Monroe and Woodbury, with the former rue21 at 290 Larkin Dr. in Monroe.
RD Management has yet to submit paperwork for any local approvals that might be necessary, including a potential Town of Monroe planning board application, said Thomas Mirandi, the firm’s vice president of real estate.
Plans call for overhead glass garage doors to open to a 3,300-square-foot outdoor patio, with 60 possible seats and 40 potential seats inside. The project’s costs are yet to be determined.
The final number of restaurants would depend on how much space tenants need. And RD Management projects the project could be done by next spring or summer at the soonest.
The food hall would only occupy nearly 2,000 square feet of the old rue21. America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses has leased 4,320 square feet of the location, which RD management subdivided after…