In an article published by the Staten Island Advance recently, they claim that we are currently in the midst of a "retail revolution" here on Staten Island. Those who once went to New Jersey to shop are now hesitant to do so, due to traffic and rising toll prices. People are becoming more willing to spend their money in their hometown.
This is becoming increasingly true with the prospect of new developments on the island. The most prevalent of those being the BFC Partners' Empire Outlets, Blumenfield Development Group's Bricktown Centre, General Growth Properties' Staten Island Mall expansion, Kimco Realty's The Boulevard, and Melohn Properies' Riverside Galleria. The advance stated in their article that the combination of these outlets will bring Staten Island a total of at least 200 new stores - putting us right at the center of this revolution. Retail stores have us directly on their radar.
Pictured Above: What the new Empire Outlets in St.George are expected to look like upon completion.
What do you think? Do you think Staten Island has the customer base for all of these new outlets? Tell us in the comments below!