With more tenants moving out and at least one new one coming in, the transformation of the Newburgh Mall continues.
National retailer O’Reilly Auto Parts will be the newest tenant of the Mall in 2024. The store will occupy half of the former Sears location that closed in October 2022.
“The Newburgh Mall is going through a transformation. We have several new national tenants lined up, with plans for each of them to have their own storefront,” Office Manager Lisa Giammattei said. “We will be able to name several more new tenants in the first half of 2024.”
Along with one new retail tenant, several others will be gone by the end of the year. The Office Depot and The Children’s Place will both have posted store closing signs. Employees at both locations referred questions to mall management.
“The reason as to why The Children’s Place and Office Depot are closing is simply because their leases have expired,” Giammattei said.
Also leaving is Personal Touch Hair Salon, located near the former Sears space. An employee at the hair salon told customers that the salon is moving to the nearby Newburgh Towne Center, where it will join Home Goods and Marshalls and occupy a space next to GameStop.
In the past year, the mall and overall Newburgh community have seen several businesses and storefronts close their doors or leave while other ventures have moved in and have made the mall their new home.
The former Bonton storefront, which anchored the opposite side of the mall to the Sears location, today operates as the Resorts World Hudson Valley Casino. The casino project came about after months of construction and planning. The casino first opened in December 2022 and features state of the art gaming and slot machines and betting sports bar.
The Newburgh Free Library, which once held a space in the mall for a decade, left in 2022, amid reports that the space would be used for dining to support the casino. After the departure from the mall, the library worked to find a new space for their operations. The library was set to return to the mall in 2023 in a new space but the tenant of the storefront slated for the library did not vacate. The library will now operate out of 181 South Plank Road Suite #2 and the tenant no longer operates out at the mall.
Plans for O’Reilly Auto Parts, meanwhile, will be presented to the Town of Newburgh Planning Board on Thursday, December 7 at town hall.