Two children's mega-retail stores will celebrate their grand re-opening this Friday in Commack.
Toys "R" Us will open alongside Babies "R" Us on Sept. 21 at 108 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack's Kings Kullen Shopping Center. The two stores are designed to be a one-stop shopping destination for parents of young children, as part of the brand's new Side-by-Side store format.
"Whether parents are shopping for board games and electronics for older kids or diapers and formula for babies, they'll find everything they are looking for conveniently under one roof," said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys "R" Us INC., in a written statement.
Babies "R" Us in Commack has been open to customers while undergoing massive reconstruction for the past two to three months, to renovate the store for shoppers. The two stores will celebrate a grand re-opening weekend from Sept. 21 - Sept. 23 with kid-friendly activities and visits from popular costumed characters.
Toys "R" Us began integrating its two brands in 2006 by renovating existing Toys "R" Us to include small Babies "R" Us stores at the same location. In 2007, it created the integrated Side-by-Side format the Commack store is built in, which vary in size from 30,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet.
The new Commack storefront was renovated to include a number of sustainable green features designed to conserve energy and reduce its impact on the environment, according to a press statement. These features include a state-of-the-art Energy Management System to monitor environment conditions to adjust temperature, lighting and CO2 levels; a custom daylight harvesting system that uses skylights and fixtures to reduce up to 50 percent of electrical lighting during the day; and energy efficient LED fixtures in its signs.
Shoppers may also notice the new storefront has a white reflective roof, aimed at reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the building to reduce energy required to cool it during warmer seasons.
The store has also taken internal measure to improve its efficiency by installing low-flow toilets, high efficiency hand dryers. It has a cardboard baler that helps recycle and reduce the amount of cardboard going into landfills.
With the opening of this Commack store, Toys "R" Us will have more than 190 Side-by-Side stores in the United State. It will continue to renovate existing Toys "R" Us and Babies "R' Us to this integrated format.
To celebrate its grand re-opening, Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, a charitable arm of Toys "R" Us will make a $10,000 grant to Make-A-Wish Suffolk County to support fulfilling children's dreams in the Commack area.