HUNTINGTON STATION - Huntington Station is reeling tonight from a decision by Lowe's to pull the plug on a plan to turn a local landmark into a home improvement store.

Lowe's bought the property that once housed the Huntington Townhouse in 2007 for $35 million to build a massive store and garden center, which would have created more than 1,000 jobs.

However, the retailer said in a statement that it recently announced the closing of 20 underperforming stores and the discontinuation of several planned projects, among them the one in Huntington Station.

Local business owners say they were hoping the new Lowe's store would bring more shoppers to the area.

Civic leader Ron Scudder is also concerned that the stretch of Jericho Turnpike where the store was supposed to be built will remain vacant for a long time to come.

A Lowe's spokesperson says plans to build a store in Riverhead are still on track, but the fate of a Commack project is uncertain.