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Lowe's Plans for Former Commack Multiplex Site Remain Unclear

Despite retailer cancelling Huntington Station location, Town of Smithtown says plans for Commack store are ongoing.

Lowe's future in Commack is unclear, following an announcement last month that the company will halt the construction of several planned stores, according to a Newsday report.

The company announced Oct. 17 that in addition to closing 20 underperforming stores in 15 states, they plan to halt a number of proposed new stores. Starting next year, Lowe's plans to open 10 to 15 stores per year, less than half of the previously projected 30.

A Lowe's spokeperson could not comment on the company's plans to build a store on the former site of the Commack Multiplex, which Lowe's purchased in May 2010. The theater after 30 years in business.

The company confirmed Tuesday to Patch that it had a store in Huntington Station. Contractors already began construction on the 18-acre site formerly occupied by Huntington Townhouse, which the company bought in 2007 for a reported $35 million.

Lowe's spokesperson Karen Cobb would not comment on the status of the Commack site, telling Newsday "Lowe's owns property in Commack, but we have made no formal announcement regarding plans."

However Frank DeRubeis, director of Smithtown Planning and Community Development Department, told Newsday he received a call Tuesday from a Lowe's attorney telling him that the company's plans for the Commack store were still ongoing. Lowe's preliminary application for the location currently sits before the town's board of zoning appeals.

The home improvement retailer paid Massachusetts-based National Amusements approximately $13 million for the 20-acre Commack Multiplex property.

A Patch writer's calls to Lowe's media relations department Wednesday were not returned by press time. 

Kady November 04, 2011 at 02:14 AM
I remember going to the Commack theater when it was pretty new. My grandparents used to take us there when we were kids. My grandfather would talk about the parking lot being "needlessly large", while my grandmother would hold our hands, even standing in the ticket line, because she was afraid of "losing us in the crowd". We were tweens, so of course, we were "horrified" to be holding hands with our grandmother. (I would do anything to go back and have the chance to hold my grandmother's hand again.) So many good memories. I'm sorry to see the theater go.
CommackMom November 04, 2011 at 03:05 AM
It doesn't bode well for the Commack location.
Mindy E November 04, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Not sure what I would like to see there but two Home Depots is enough...still I would like to see someplace that would provide people with employment and possibly somewhere tweens and teens could go to have a safe good time...the Multiplex was nice when it first opened but unfortunately near the end not as nice..too bad they couldn't keep the place up...still was a place families could go together or tweens and teens could go together to see a movie not too far from home!
Maria Lynn November 04, 2011 at 03:26 PM
i want to keep the theater :( if they pull out i want my theater back!
AstiGirl November 05, 2011 at 03:56 AM
When I first moved to Commack 7 years ago there was an article in Newsday saying the theater was going to be totally updated just like Island 16. That would have been great - a nice theater with restaurants, etc. Island 16 is always packed.

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