Yonkers — The Lowe’s home improvement company has gotten a permit to start work for a new store at Westchester’s Ridge Hill Shopping Center. The new Yonkers store, which will be located at 100 Ridge Hill Blvd, situated near the Whole Foods Market and the recently opened Container Store, will be the first Westchester County site for Lowe’s. Up to now those who patronize the Mooresville, North Carolina-based home improvement and appliance company, had to travel to Rockland County, New York City or Norwalk, Connecticut.
The city of Yonkers this month issued a building permit allowing Lowe’s Companies Inc. to open a location at Westchester’s Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, city spokeswoman Christina Gilmartin confirmed Wednesday morning. According to Gilmartin, the permit was issued for parcel L, a roughly six-acre piece of land on the south side of the 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center adjacent to the Whole Foods Market. The one-year permit is good through October 2016. Gilmartin said the proposed size of the Lowe’s store was not immediately available.
“We have received a permit from the city of Yonkers for site work needed to bring Lowe’s to the center on the five-acre parcel at the southern end of the project, and we expect to have a signed lease in the near future,” said David J. LaRue, Forest City’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement to investors Tuesday. “Together with other recent new tenants, the anticipated addition of Lowe’s puts Ridge Hill on a clear path to stabilization.”
Home Depot operates a store one mile away from Ridge Hill on the opposite side of Interstate 87 in Yonkers, in a large retail center that also includes Stew Leonard’s and Costco. Forest City said last month Ridge Hill filled 50,000 square feet of retail space during the first half of 2015. The center, with 975,000 square feet of retail space, saw nine retailers open during that stretch.
The permit is only for clearing and preparing the land.
“This is Phase I of the construction. Another permit would need to be issued to start actual construction of the building,” mayoral spokeswoman Christina Gilmartin wrote in an email Friday. “Site work can take months – dependent on weather, scope of work needed, etc.”
Karen Cobb, a Lowe’s public relations manager, declined to say whether the company will open a store at Ridge Hill.