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Retail Roundup: Slew of New Shops

Businesses include a flower shop in Chappaqua; frozen yogurt, buffet and care center places in Mount Kisco; a pizzeria in Millwood. Plus: Tiger Schulmann's moves, while Walgreens gets a building permit.

Frozen Yogurt Shop Coming to Ex-Edward Jones Site

A frozen yogurt store is moving into the former site of Edward Jones in downtown Mount Kisco.

A building permit, displayed on a window at 37 S. Moger Ave., was issued to Redding Railroad Frozen Yogurt LLC. The permit is dated March 26 and the interior has since been gutted.

Aaron Prince, director of commercial leasing for the building's landlord, Friedland Properties, said the lease was signed in December. The property had been empty since Edward Jones moved out around the start of 2012 to its current location across town on Smith Avenue.

The shop is good news for Friedland, which is seeing a drop in its vacancies; only two empty storefronts are being advertised.

"It's a positive thing," Prince said.

Flower Shop Blooms in Chappaqua

With spring in its early weeks, a new flower store is opening. Chappaqua BLOOMS will be located at 83 S. Greeley Ave., the former site of real estate firm Howe & Sibley. 

The store will hold a grand opening on April 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to an announcement posted on its Facebook page. Overseeing the shop is Suzanne Lodge, who lives in Chappaqua.

Millwood Pizza Place Gets New Owner, New Name

Tonino Pizzeria e Contorni has been taken over by new ownership and given new food and a new name, Pizza 238.

Located in Millwood Town Plaza (238 Saw Mill River Road), Pizza 238 is co-owned by Eastchester resident Michael Provenzale and Mahopac resident Eugeino Garofalo, who are cousins. 

The idea, Provenzale explained, is "to bring a southern Westchester flair to Millwood."

The menu includes an emphasis of pizza that's healthy, such as whole-wheat and gluten-free offerings, in addition to traditional. Also being offered are an array of salads and soups.

Walgreens Gets Building Permit for Ex-D'Agostino Site

Pharmacy chain Walgreens has been granted a building permit for its work in preparation for moving into the former D'Agostino site in Chappaqua.

The permit, issued on March 27, signals the next chapter in the planned move, and comes in addition to a demolition permit that was issued. The interior of the site, which has not been occupied since D'Agostino closed more than a year and a half ago, has been gutted. The site is located at 411 King St.

The building permit gives an estimated construction cost of $1,250,000. Demolition work on the site resumed earlier this year after a months of relative inactivity, according to New Castle Building Inspector Bill Maskiell.

The departure of D'Agostino (and pending arrival of Walgreens) became big news in 2011 because it left Chappaqua without a major grocery store. The reverberations of the exit have been felt on a broader level, as Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield has a plan for its property that would include a grocery store anchor of 36,000 to 66,000 square feet, out of 120,000 total new retail space. The plan, which is currently under environmental review by the New Castle Town Board, has garned controversy from some in town who feel that it will present competition to existing merchants and create a traffic issue.

Asiana Buffet Opens

Asiana Buffet held a grand opening last week for its new Mount Kisco location. At 15 E. Main St. Asiana offers cuisine from several Asian countries, said co-manager Andy Poon. Offerings also include a salad bar and desserts. There is also a second-story dining space, which can be used for groups. The building itself is three stories.

FirstLight Arrives in Mount Kisco

FirstLight HomeCare, a provider of adult in-home care, has announced its opening in Mount Kisco.

Located at 275 E. Main St., FirstLight is owned by Vincent McMahon and his wife, Laura.

In a press release announcing the opening, Vincent McMahon is described as having pursued a Wall Street career but wanting to spend more time with his family, while also drawing on experience from his grandparents. Laura McMahon's previous career included being a special education teacher.

“Being able to provide help to seniors and others in the local community who are in need of assistance is extremely rewarding,” Vincent McMahon said in the press release. “We are looking forward to becoming a valuable resource for the community, providing them with high quality non-medical care.”

Tiger Schulmann's Gets New Digs

Tiger Schumann's Karate has moved across Mount Kisco to a new location. It recently vacated its old storefront, at 222 E. Main St., and moved to 350 Lexington Ave.

The karate studio's new building has a proposed overhaul before the Mount Kisco Planning Board that includes an interior change and a parking lot change. The studio is located in the back of the building, adjacent of the parking.

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