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Peppertree Commons in New Hands, Hopes to Revitalize

Owner acquired property three months ago.

Peppertree Commons is in for some much needed improvements, according to the company representing its new owner.

“We’re going to redo the entire façade,” said Elliot Nassim of Mason Asset Management. Tenants of the shopping center said they are happy to hear it.

“It’s always looked like this,” said Spencer Klein of , standing outside his shop as a customer jammed the door against a spot of raised pavement in front. He said he’s been there since 1988. “It needs a good facelift.”

A dark green sign runs along the face of the L-shaped shopping center. Large white letters spell the names of the businesses there, except for a few gaps over shops that sit empty.

“There’s no food. People aren’t hanging out here for the day,” Klein said. He has his own loyal customers which save him from relying on foot traffic, he said, but a food establishment would be a welcome improvement.

“You can’t [even] get a soda,” said Scott Stimell, owner of . “I don’t know of any other shopping center on Long Island with no food place.”

He said he’s hosting Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks in December as part of an effort to attract some attention to the location, where he’s been for more than three years.

“Things have gotten worse,” Stimell said. “It’s really been beaten down.”

Things were improved a little when a receiver cleaned up the property after the , according to Tom of One Hour Photo. He said business has been slow due to the economy and the center having so much unrented space.

“If it looked better and was full, that would be nice,” he said.

Nassim, speaking for the new landlord who he said would rather not be identified, said there has been plenty of interest from “regional and national tenants.” He said his company is already negotiating a lease for one food establishment, but declined to talk specifics at this time.

“We’re very pleased with the response we’ve gotten in such a short period of time,” he said of prospective tenants’ interest. “I think it’s a sign of a great retail area. The center had been neglected.”

chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM
perhaps a serve-yourself yogurt place would help. these stores seem to attract many folks who like that kind of fun thing. look into this idea; present it to the owner. i've seen flocks of people, young and old, taking advantage of this self-serve novelty. they love it.
laura greenfield October 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM
agreed, a great sit down lunch place with salads, sandwiches and frozen yogurt that moms could go to after shopping!
jlbne October 31, 2011 at 02:17 PM
i used to work in the shopping center-there were plenty off food places.dont know why they never worked out.is starbucks still there?
Renee October 31, 2011 at 10:18 PM
We need a good deli in Commack!
chefcristo November 01, 2011 at 01:52 AM
commack has many delis, both individually owned or those in several supermarkets. a self-serve yogurt/coffee shop would most likely do better there.
CommackMom November 01, 2011 at 03:01 AM
In its day, the Peppertree Commons was pretty upscale. Don't know what caused it to tank. With respect to the deli comments, there was a deli/pizza/bagel shop that moved in where Starbucks was. I don't think it lasted 6 months. Frankly, I think it suffered from an identity crisis - it didn't know if it was a deli, a pizzeria or a bagel shop - so I guess it wasn't good at any of 'em. I would imagine the cost of rent in this area is exorbitant. I'm sure many prospective tenants find rent prohibitive and therefore, shy away.
scott stimell February 20, 2012 at 03:57 AM
i own cardboardmemories sports memorabilia in there. we desperately need a facelift and some good food... they say both are coming!! i have been trying to bring in star athletes i will be having ny giants superbowl hero this sunday feb 26th at 2pm call 631 462 1919 to order tickets or visit www.cardboardmemories.com
Ellen Ohalloran July 01, 2013 at 01:28 PM
There used to be a TCBY years ago that was always packed... I worked at the Shoe Box in the late 1980's, which was upscale and there was an upscale Hair Salon (Bocu?)... A good breakfast/lunch cafe would be great, as well as a good dinner place!

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