Johnson City village officials offer few details, but confirmed that a few restaurants already operating across the river in Vestal plan to open locations at the Oakdale Mall.
Chipotle and Panera Bread reportedly plan to occupy space in what was Macy’s on the south side of what will be Oakdale Commons.
JC Sparks now has what had been a huge retail space and a major draw for Broome County shoppers since it opened on October 1, 1975. The new owners announced plans in January to turn the mall into a mixed-use facility with office, retail and other tenants. The site already has a new fitness center opened a few weeks ago by Ascension Lourdes, the offices of the New York State Department of Labor’s Broome Tioga Workforce, a professional wrestling training center and a venue of events and a great local brewery.
Although there were several media reports this week citing Johnson City Mayor Martin Meany as a source confirming that construction plans had been submitted for both restaurants, the owners of the future Oakdale Commons and the Chain restaurants have been largely silent on the development.
The mall has seen its flagship stores move away over the decades, including Sears and Montgomery Ward, which once occupied the site under discussion for Chipotle and Panera Bread locations. Burlington, formerly Burlington Coat Factory, recently began relocation from the Johnson City location to a new site across the river in the Town Square Mall in a space formerly occupied by craft supply store AC Moore which closed and sold assets to Michaels Crafts in 2020.