Somerset Shopping Center adds outdoor furniture retailer

Fortunoff Backyard Store continues its regional expansion with a new high-profile location in Somerset County.

Exclusive rental and management agent Levin Management Corp. announced that it had secured the outdoor and patio furniture and accessories retailer for a 9,400 square foot engagement at the Somerset Shopping Center on March 23.

LMC Senior Leasing Representative Vanessa Fernandez-Kelty arranged the transaction on behalf of the owner; Jake Frantzman of RIPCO Real Estate represented the tenant.

Fortunoff Backyard joins retailer like Christmas Tree Shops at Somerset Shopping Center in Bridgewater. –LEVIN MANAGEMENT CORP.

Fortunoff Backyard takes over space formerly occupied by Pier 1 Imports at the Bridgewater complex, which offers 219,000 square feet and is located at Somerville Circle – a junction of Routes 202, 206 and 28. After relaunching the New Jersey/New York market in 2010 , Fortunoff now has more than two dozen locations in those two states, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania, according to LMC.

Fernandez-Kelly said in a statement that the store should open in time for the spring shopping season.

“[W]We are delighted that we were able to accommodate their timing needs,” she said. “The state of the space allowed a turnkey delivery; Fortunoff is planning a complete renovation of the space later in the year.

Fortunoff Backyard’s assortment of high-end patio furniture and accessories is complemented by items such as fire pits, patio heaters and pool accessories. It joins current tenants including Gap, Christmas Tree Shops, Barnes & Noble, Pearl Vision, Norman’s Hallmark, Pupcakes and Pawstries Barkery and Shoppe, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Rite Aid, TGI Fridays and Men’s Wearhouse.

According to LMC, the Somerset Mall serves a growing residential population of 121,000 people within a 5-mile radius with an average household income of $140,000. Around 72,000 vehicles pass through the center daily.

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