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Temporary Tenants Occupying Former Wantagh Gap Stores

A Toys R Us Express and seasonal Spirit Halloween store take up spots in Willow Wood Shoppes while search for long-term replacements continues.

Two temporary seasonal stores have taken up space in Wantagh’s Willow Wood Shoppes at the sites of two former GAP stores that closed early this year as a search for long-term tenants continues.

Both GAP and GAP Kids had operated in the 57,000-square-foot shopping center, which is owned by Garden City-based Breslin Realty, for more than 20 years before shutting their doors in late February. The former GAP Kids location has been taken over by Toys R Us Express and GAP is being utilized as a Spirit Halloween store.

Breslin Realty CEO Wilbur Breslin said he hopes to have two long-term replacement tenants for the former GAP stores in the next six months. He said there has been strong interest from retail businesses but declined to give specifics.

Willow Wood Shoppes, which is located off Wantagh Avenue in the Levittown School District, also had a vacancy from Rite Aid closing in late 2010 but that spot was recently taken up by Petco. A Starbucks and NEFCU have also recently taken up spots in the shopping center during the past year. 

- What kind of businesses would you like to see move in where the Wanagh GAP stores used to sit? Tell us in the comments below. 

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K.M. October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Trader Joes would be a great fix!
MC October 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM
You took the words out of my mouth - I agree!! That would be great!
Christopher Pizzaia October 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Trader Joe's would be awesome!!!!
Sam C October 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM
i wish, unfortunately that hope probably went away when petco moved in...not sure if the gap/halloween store space is big enough for a trader joes, it may be.
angrug October 24, 2012 at 01:21 PM
trader joes? great, more traffic on wantagh ave and jerusalem ave
DeeJorge October 24, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Lower the rent and maybe we can have someone in there who can afford to stay for more then a yr.....
JG October 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM
If you buy anything from any of those temporary Halloween stores be aware that there are no returns. many items are "seconds." You may open packages to check all parts are there, and that size in pkg matches size on label. Burned once. Never again. No one else needs an upset kindergartener on Halloween Day because his Wolverine suit has no claws....
Robert Demarco October 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The parking would not be adequate for Trader Joe's.
Mary Catherine December 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
We could use something similar to a "Hemingways"...."homey" establishment for the local people.
Mary Catherine December 12, 2012 at 04:31 PM
How about a "Cheers" establishment?
susiec February 14, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Trader Joe's would be a great addition!
phyllis March 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Put the Chase bank here and put Trader Joe's where the bank is now but change the entrance to the space to be off of Jerusalem Avenue not Wantagh Avenue

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