New construction will begin no later than the end of January on a new store P.C. Richards on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore has planned for years, Your NewsMag has learned. The new store will also sell mattresses.
Tom Pohlmer, chief financial officer of P.C. Richards, told this website that top-selling appliances and other items will be displayed at its smaller P.C. Richards building – just to the east of the main building – for the next eight months while the old store is increased in capacity to 27,000 square feet.
Giant sales have begun until January12 at greatly reduced prices to sell all merchandise so it wouldn’t have to be moved to the smaller store.
The smaller building used to sell P.C. Richards high-end designer kitchen appliances.
Pohlmer said the space occupied by the old South Shore Buick car dealership building next to P.C. Richards would be torn down to make way for a new parking lot that will serve the new store. “We’re looking to take parking off the street and out of traffic” with the new parking lot, Pohlmer said.
He noted that the new store, while not increasing to two stories as originally planned, would feature a mezzanine to display mattresses. “Our customers all tell us they have such a good experience when purchasing from us, that we decided they don’t need to go anywhere else to buy a mattress, either,” he continued.
The mezzanine would give the new store an atrium look, in which customers could look up to the mezzanine to see mattresses.
“Building the new store will provide a much better way to merchandise our products,” Pohlmer said. He noted that over the last two years the company has refurbished or rebuilt two stores in Greenvale and Patchogue, purchasing additional property around the stores to expand them.
“This Bellmore store was built in 1953,” he said, so it needs to be updated.
In 2008 the company filed several application permits with the Town of Hempstead’s zoning Board of Appeals to rebuild its 24,000 square-foot facility into a two-storey, nearly 40,000 square-foot building with two floors. It was granted time extensions on those applications, only to let them all lapse.
It let them lapse even after resistance from neighbors in 2008 forced it to negotiate with them to purchase a home and keep it residential, agree to no egresses/ingresses into neighboring streets and to provide certain types of fencing.
In 2010 Tom Pohmer explained the economy was preventing P.C. Richards from rebuilding at the Bellmore site due to the “great recession,” even after securing the variances.
Tom Pantelis, P.C. Richard’s attorney, said that an extension was indeed granted until October to secure building permits – to try yet again. “Plans are to begin construction in the new year,” he told this website last June.