Bay Plaza Shopping Center

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Coordinates: 40°52′4″N 73°49′31″W / 40.86778°N 73.82528°W / 40.86778; -73.82528 Bay Plaza Shopping Center is a shopping center on the south side of Co-op City, in the Bronx, New York. In addition to various department stores and shops, such as JCPenney, Staples Inc., Kmart and Old Navy, it has a multiplex movie theater, several restaurants, a fitness club, and some office space. Constructed from 1987 to 1988 by Prestige Properties, the shopping center is located between Bartow and Baychester Avenues, just outside of Sections 4 and 5 of Co-op City, on an open lot that from 1960 to 1964, was the site of Freedomland USA. The Bay Plaza Shopping Center is the largest shopping center in New York City. Since opening over 25 years ago, it has become extremely successful, the center claims to hold some of the highest performing stores on a per-square-foot basis for many national retailers.[1]

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Rendering of the front entrance of the new expansion.

The Mall at Bay Plaza is expansion project of Bay Plaza Shopping Center. The 780,000 square feet (72,000 m2) center will enclose a fashion mall with future stores like Macy's and over 100 specialty stores and food court, as well as a 1,800-car parking garage, when it opens on August 14, 2014.[2][3] The Mall at Bay Plaza will be the first enclosed anchored fashion mall opened in the New York City area in almost 40 years after Queens Center opened in 1973.[4] The developer hired the Los Angeles-based architectural firm Altoon & Porter Architects as the builder, and also hired Aurora Contractors — a New York-based firm — as Construction Manager.

2012 Groundbreaking ceremony of the construction.

The mall, which is located at the Hutchinson River Parkway and I-95, will grow what is already the city’s largest shopping center (now 1,300,000 square feet (120,000 m2)) to approximately 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) upon its summer 2014 completion. A new 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2), three-level Macy’s and the existing 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) JCPenney will anchor the development, which will also have a 1,800-car parking garage. A H&M store, the first in the borough, will also be opening in the mall.[5] It will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,700 permanent jobs.[6] It costs US$65 million.[7]

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