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Sunrise Mall Walmart To Close In March

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- Walmart will be closing its store at the Westfield Sunrise Mall on Long Island later this winter, the mall announced Monday.

Westfield, the operator of the mall in Massapequa, said in a statement that Walmart had decided not to renew its lease. The space will be put to yet-to-be-announced other uses, the company said.

"Westfield has a very strong track record of recovering former department store real estate and reorienting the merchandise mix with new anchors, specialty shops, restaurants, leisure, entertainment, and lifestyle options for our customers," the company said. "We view this departure as an exciting opportunity to add new elements, energy, choice and convenience to the center as can be seen with the recent additions of trendy new retailers including A'GACI, F&F and Windsor."

The two-level store measures almost 130,000 square feet, according to a Newsday report. The planned closing date is March 6, the newspaper reported.

Walmart in recent years has been moving toward offering groceries and fresh food items in addition to general merchandise, the newspaper pointed out. In many major cities – notably including Chicago – Walmart has opened smaller-scale Neighborhood Market grocery stores and Walmart Express convenience stores in both upscale and struggling neighborhoods.

There are no Walmart stores within the five boroughs of New York City.

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