NYU Langone Health is spending millions of dollars snapping up and revamping former department stores and other vacant retail spaces to expand its network on Long Island.
The Manhattan-based health care system is planning to open medical facilities at a former Lord & Taylor store in Manhasset, a former Sears in Garden City, a former Burlington store in Patchogue and a shopping center in Middle Island.
NYU Langone Health also will be opening two medical facilities in newly constructed buildings — at a mixed-use site in Commack and beside a retail building in Westhampton.
In fact, the health care system has about 700,000 square feet of new ambulatory care clinical projects under development in former retail, or mixed-use spaces, on Long Island, according to Andrew Rubin, senior vice president of clinical affairs and ambulatory care at NYU Langone Health.
NYU Langone Health has more than 300 locations in the New York metro region, including more than 100 on Long Island, and in Palm Beach County, Florida.
More health care providers are turning to retail spaces for expansion, and that is directly related to increased vacancies in traditional retail and the growth of e-commerce, said Thomas LaSalvia, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics CRE, a Manhattan-based real estate information provider.
“But the growth of urgent care as an evolution in that industry can’t be discounted. The timing has been good,” he said.
The former retail spaces offer plentiful parking, which can be at a premium in western Nassau County, and good access to target demographics, said Philip M. Heilpern, senior vice president in the Melville office of real estate firm CBRE.
He was part of the team that represented Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co., parent of the former Lord & Taylor chain, with leasing some of the vacant store buildings it owns on Long Island.
Health care providers are usually creditworthy tenants that add stability to the vacant spaces, Heilpern said.
“Health systems are almost recession-proof,” he said.
Here is the rundown for NYU Langone Health’s Long Island plans:
Garden City: The health care system will open an ambulatory care center this fall in a former Sears building it has leased, Rubin said.
The four-level, 260,000-square-foot, free-standing building is at 1111 Franklin Ave.
Planned health services include radiology, women’s imaging, cardiology, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics and geriatrics.