Broadway Mall

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Broadway Mall
Location

358 N. Broadway

Hicksville, New York, U.S.
Opening date October 25, 1956
Owner Partnership led by KKR & Co. L.P.
No. of stores and services 85+
No. of anchor tenants 3
No. of floors 1, with a food court and cinema located on a second floor
Website http://www.broadwaymall.com

Broadway Mall is a large shopping mall located in Hicksville, New York, United States. Originally an open-air shopping center called the Mid-Island Shopping Plaza, Broadway Mall is currently a regional enclosed shopping center comprising more than 85 stores, as well as a food court and movie theater. Anchor stores at the mall are IKEA, Macy's and Target.

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The Mid Island Shopping Plaza held its Grand Opening on October 25, 1956 on the site of a former boys orphanage and a dairy and vegetable farm operated by the Catholic Church. It cost $40,000,000 to construct and was built to accommodate more than 40,000 shoppers daily. It opened just as the population of Nassau County, Long Island surged and the area became a major suburban population center. On September 28, 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon, then running for President, made a stop at the Mid Island Shopping Plaza, where he gave a campaign speech.[1] The first addition to the shopping center came in the way of the Fox Plaza North and South Cinerama, which was built as a freestanding structure at the north end of the mall. One of America's earliest "shopping mall" twin-plex theaters, it showed its first feature in May 1964.[2] The shopping center was enclosed in 1968, renamed the Broadway Mall in 1989, renovated between 1987 and 1991, and completely redeveloped in 1995.[3]

Gertz, a department store based then in downtown Jamaica Queens, and a unit of the then Allied Stores Corporation planned the center and built a 5 level store to anchor the facility. The Gertz store was reported to be the tallest suburban department store ever built.[citation needed] In the early 1980s, Gertz closed their downtown Jamaica store, and this location became its new flagship store, and the Gertz corporate staff was relocated to the 5th floor of the Broadway Mall location. In mid 1982, Allied merged its Gertz division into its Paramus, New Jersey based Stern's division. All former Gertz locations were re-branded as Stern's in early 1983, and a regional corporate staff remained at the Broadway Mall store. The store was then rebranded as Macy's in 2001 when Federated Department Stores folded their Stern's Division.

In 1991, IKEA opened their second store in the New York Metropolitan Area at the mall (The Elizabeth, NJ store opened 1990). Until 2003, the store was not connected to the mall (although only about 20 feet separated the mall from the store). IKEA did, however, maintain a display in the center court where its mall entrance would eventually be. It is currently one of the only IKEA stores that is connected to a mall and has a mall entrance.

In 2005, Vornado Realty Trust purchased Broadway Mall, adding it to their portfolio of shopping centers across the country. [4] Vornado later sold the mall to a partnership led by KKR in 2014 as part of a plan to shelve its regional mall holdings.

The mall also serves as a transit hub for the Hicksville area, with the N20, N48, N49, and N50 passing by the mall. The N80 and N81 buses loop around it, serving the rear. These routes are operated by Nassau Inter-County Express.

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Coordinates: 40°46′24″N 73°31′51″W / 40.773441°N 73.530872°W / 40.773441; -73.530872