A luxury Audi dealership is set to replace a Stop & Shop location in Westchester after officials couldn’t find a new supermarket to replace it.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the New Roc Stop & Shop on Harrison Street in New Rochelle will be closing next February, the company announced this week, prompting the New Rochelle City Council to begin searching for a new business to replace it.
Officials sought another grocery store, but instead, it is primed to be opening as a new Audi dealership, complete with a community center on the second floor of the 65,000-square-foot facility. Developers have reportedly pledged to spend millions at the location, including an interior renovation and improvements to the exterior of the building.
The Stop & Shop location on Palmer Avenue will remain open, as will nearby locations on East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck and East Sandford Boulevard in Mount Vernon. The company noted that employees will have the opportunity to transfer to other local stores once the New Roc store closes.
Before Audi can official take over the space, some zoning changes will have to be made by city officials. If approved, Audi could move in as soon as 2021.
"After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we have made the difficult decision not to renew our lease at 28 Harrison St. in New Rochelle," Stop & Shop officials said in a released statement. "Our intent is to operate the store through February 28, 2020, the end of the lease, after which we will close this location.”
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