The next phase of Centereach’s New Village Plaza includes new eateries, grocery store


After completing its first two buildings four years ago, the New Village Plaza shopping center in Centereach is now in the process of constructing a third.

Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Manzella told Greater Long Island that while he doesn’t have an exact date on when some new stores are set to open, he’s excited to see it happen “soon.”

“The development of the building is just about finished,” he said. “So far, this center is checking all the boxes.”

On the list of tenants who are in talks to fill the strip are owners of a Greek restaurant, a pharmacy, a dessert shop, and a bakery, Manzella said. Already signed is Gala Fresh Farms, a supermarket that will serve as the anchor store for the latest building, as well as a Bango Bowls location.

This will be the island’s third Gala Fresh Farms, a grocery chain owned by the Aurora Grocery Group, which also operates Gala Foods and Compare Foods locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.

Bango Bowls serves salads, warm grain bowls, poke bowls, acai bowls, flaninis, and avocado toasts. Bango Bowls was founded in 2017 by Long Island-based Upstream Hospitality Group, which also operates five Tap Room locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Located at 1707-1759 Middle Country Road in Centereach, the first two buildings were part of a redevelopment of the property, which had become dilapidated over the years. It is now the home of Brownstone’s Coffee, Voodoo Crab, Swolehouse Meals, PACFE Nails & Spa, and ProHealth. Across the lot is a smaller building that houses Arby’s, Cabo Fresh, Wingstop, and Gong Cha.

The new section of the shopping center is being erected directly behind the first two pad sites. The property, located on 10 acres, will have 400 surface parking spaces when finished.

Including Gala Fresh and Bango Bowls, the newest building will have room for a total of 10 tenants, with spaces ranging from 1,235 to 21,000 square feet.

Manzella said they’re hoping for tenants to start moving in this spring.

Keep checking back with Greater Long Island for more updates on the new stores and their opening dates.

Top: Exterior of the new strip building coming to New Village Plaza in Centereach. (GLI Photo/Nicholas Esposito)

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