A several-million-dollar makeover thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been in the planning for four years is almost complete at the Rye Ridge Shopping Center. The popular Rye Brook plaza-style shopping center has new storefronts and awnings, lighting, landscaping and improvements to the parking area.
Erin Hinchey, leasing agent for Ridge Realty LLC, the owner of the shopping center, said the renovation is also attracting new tenants, including:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Look, a retailer of couture and special-occasion dresses and gowns;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Landsberg Jewelers, a New York City-base retail fine jeweler;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Salon PF, an upscale salon;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Shelly Belly / My Lilly Pad, which sells maternity, layette and childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clothes, accessories and gifts;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ JW Tumbles, a childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gym franchise;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Little Scoops, a 1950s theme ice cream parlor for childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s birthday parties;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Bar Method Pilates and Yoga, a method of combining the two exercises with a focus on the ballet bar.
Other new tenants include a sports memorabilia and ice cream store called Last Licks and an upscale womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clothing boutique called Contact.
Hinchey said the center was built in 1960 and last updated 15 years ago. The goal of the redo is upgrading the center to make it appealing to upscale retailers. The new hair salon, for instance, offers cuts for $75 and the dress shop sells evening gowns. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We just kicked it up a notch,Ã¢â‚¬? Hinchey said.
The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, which has 220,000 square feet, is home to such retailers as DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢AgostinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s supermarket, Starbucks, Cerbones Bakery and the Rye Ridge Deli. There are 36 tenants in the main plaza area and another nine in an annex, which has a Blockbuster and a CVS.
One casualty will be the movie theater, Rye Ridge Cinema, which will close at the end of the year, Hinchey said. The owners would love to replace the Clearview theater with an Ã¢â‚¬Å“art houseÃ¢â‚¬? style movie theater, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to find such a tenant, Hinchey said. Several retailers have already expressed an interest in the cinemaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s slot.