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Walt Whitman Mall is a shopping mall located in Huntington Station, New Yorkmarker on Walt Whitman Road (Route 110) and Jericho Turnpike (Route 25). It has many stores including main anchors Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy'smarker and Saks Fifth Avenue. It also has restaurants such as Legal Sea Foods, California Pizza Kitchen and Panera Bread although it does not operate a food court. The Cheesecake Factory has recently opened. The mall is owned and managed by Melvin Simon and Associates, one of the largest developers of shopping malls in the United States and owner of Long Islandmarker's largest mall, Roosevelt Field Mallmarker in Garden Citymarker. Suffolk County Transit, MTA Long Island Bus and Huntington Area Rapid Transit all have bus routes that service the mall.

Walt Whitman Mall is the first enclosed mall located on Long Islandmarker.

The mall is named for the poet Walt Whitman due to the close proximity to his birthplace, a National Historic site located just down the road from the mall on Walt Whitman Road (Route 110). Quotations from Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" are engraved in the exterior facade of the mall.

Anchors

  • Bloomingdale's (233,000 sq ft.) Opened 1962 as Macy*s, converted to Bloomingdale's 1998 when Macy*s moved to the much larger vacant A&S building (2 Floors Above Ground, 1 Floor Below Ground)
  • Lord & Taylor (120,000 sq ft.) Opened 1998 in Mall Expansion (2 Floors Above Ground)
  • Macy'smarker (302,278 sq ft.) Opened 1962 as Abraham & Straus, closed 1995, reopened as Macy*s 1998 (3 Floors Above Ground, 1 Floor Below Ground)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue (100,000 sq ft.) Opened 1999 in Mall Expansion off former McCrory Store (2 Floors Above Ground)


Previous anchors

  • Abraham & Straus, A&S was located in the store which is currently occupied by Macy's.
  • McCrory Stores (Converted to Mall Space which connects Saks Fifth Avenue in 1999), It was here that a fire was started in May 1991 which burned through the middle section of the mall.


Fires

  • 1984: The fire destroyed seven stores and damaged 25 others in the 76-store mall.


  • 1991: In 1993 a McCrory's worker plead guilty to tossing a lit cigarette into a display of silk flowers set on a block of Styrofoam, killing two of his coworkers aged 20 and 27.


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