Three New Retailers Sign on at Cross County

Real Estate In-Depth | August 2019

Cross County Shopping Center

YONKERS—Although the Sears department store shut down there recently, the Cross County Shopping Center continues to draw new tenants.

The ownership of the storied shopping center announced recently that it will add three new retailers to its tenant roster in 2019.

New to the complex will be Mito Asian Fusion, Invicta Watches and Carvel Ice Cream. Plus, Bath & Body Works, owned by L Brands, which currently owns lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret. In addition, La Senza, is completing a full remodel of their existing store and will add the White Barn Candle concept to the location.

The addition of these retailers is part of an ongoing strategy to bring the most current and fresh retail concepts to the largest outdoor shopping center in Westchester County, which is owned by Marx Realty and Benenson Capital Partners.

“These three new retailers will perfectly complement the existing brands at Cross County Shopping Center and provide something new and fresh for shoppers to experience,” said James Stifel, chief investment officer for Benenson Capital Partners, LLC.

“With the potential redevelopment of Sears there is an exciting greater opportunity to add value to Cross County Shopping Center,” said Craig Deitelzweig, president and CEO for Marx Realty. “There is an incredibly strong retail demand at Cross County and we are looking forward to enhancing the center with even more restaurants, entertainment and mixed-use elements.”

Sears shuttered its long-standing store at Cross County in late July. Cross County did not announce any potential new tenants at the former Sears space.

Mito Asian Fusion is a restaurant hot spot for Asian fusion and Japanese fare. The menu features sushi and noodles, Hibachi, plus cocktails and more. With the original location in Forrest Hills, Queens, the Cross County location will be the second restaurant to open, in 5,000 square feet near Old Navy, this winter.

The Invicta Watch Company will open in 963 square feet adjacent to Macy’s in the winter of 2019. Invicta watches are Swiss made and are among the most popular timepieces in the world. There are thousands of men’s and women’s styles to choose from, including collaborations with Character Collection, DC Comics, Disney Limited Edition, Jason Taylor, Marvel, NFL and Star Wars.

Carvel Ice Cream is an American ice cream franchise, which will open in 375 square feet of space near Old Navy in the fall of 2019. Carvel is best known for its soft-serve ice cream and ice cream cakes, which feature a layer of distinctive “crunchies.”. It also sells a variety of novelty ice cream bars and ice cream sandwiches. Carvel has deep roots in Westchester and Yonkers in particular. In 1967, the corporation bought the Westchester Town House Motel, on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers, and renamed it the Carvel Inn, converting it for use as corporate headquarters, while still operating it as a hotel, providing them with a conference center for the annual franchisee conventions.

Bath & Body Works, a long-time retailer at Cross County Shopping Center, has recently committed to a 10-year lease renewal and has begun a complete store-wide renovation of its 4,100-square-foot space, located at Center Court. The new Bath & Body Works at Cross County Shopping Center will also feature a White Barn Candle Company, a popular home fragrance designer with a range of signature scents and products to choose from, including wallflowers, candle, hand soap and more.

Built in 1954, and celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2019, Cross County Shopping Center totals more than 1 million square feet. The center is anchored by Macy’s, Super Stop & Shop and National Amusement Multiplex Theatre, and features 80 high-quality retailers including Zara, Shake Shack, Ulta Beauty and more. Cross County Shopping Center also features amenities that include free parking in open and covered lots, a fitness center by Equinox, a Hyatt Place Hotel, banks, cafes and restaurants.