Discount retailer Shoppers World has made its debut on Long Island.
The family-owned chain opened its first Long Island store – a 73,000-square-foot, two-level location – in the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream on September 30, said Sam A. Dushey, president of the Manhattan-based retailer.
The new store sits in an anchor space that was vacated by discount retailer Century 21 in September 2020 after its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Shoppers World sells discounted clothing, accessories and home furnishings at 42 stores in 13 states, including New Jersey, Connecticut and Indiana. Six of the stores are in New York – four in Brooklyn, one in Queens, and one in Valley Stream.
Dushey’s grandfather, Sam Dushey Sr., founded the company in the 1930s in Baltimore.
Green Acres Mall was a logical choice for a new store, said Sam A. Dushey.
“First of all, we found that a lot of clients who came to see us in Jamaica [Queens] came from Long Island. It’s such an important hub, ”he said.
By December, Shoppers World will have opened five new stores this year, including a location that opened in another former Century 21 space in the Philadelphia Fashion District in June, Sam A. Dushey said. .
The retailer plans to open 10 to 15 stores per year, but this year’s plans have been curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
Aside from Shoppers World, the only remaining anchor points inside the Green Acres Mall are Macy’s and Macy’s Men’s & Furniture.