Last night, thousands of New Yorkers, state and city officials, and business leaders celebrated the grand opening of Empire Outlets, New York City’s first-ever outlet center located on Staten Island.
Across 340,000-square-feet, Empire Outlets boasts scores of designer stores including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Columbia Sporting Goods, Gap Factory, H&M, Jockey, Nike Factory, and Old Navy among many others.
Additional retailers, including Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle Outfitters, Crocs and more will open their stores throughout the spring and summer. Later this summer, a 40,000-square-foot food and beverage deck with unmatched sweeping views of Manhattan, will open with dozens of food concepts including MRKTPL, Staten Island’s first-ever artisanal food hall.
“The opening of Empire Outlets is a historic day for Staten Island and for BFC Partners,” said Donald Capoccia and Joseph Ferrara, principals of BFC Partners, developers of the property. “We set out to revolutionize the shopping experience in New York City and we are proud to have successfully created a unique and unforgettable shopping destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.”
Empire Outlets, which, in collaboration with NYC and Co., is being marketed to visitors from around the world and is expected to become a premier shopping destination, is revitalizing Staten Island’s North Shore and uplifting local businesses. Visitors can access Empire Outlets as they depart the free Staten Island Ferry which provides service 24/7 at the St. George Ferry Terminal, as the outlet center is located mere steps away from the terminal. It is centrally located near Staten Island attractions like the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the St. George Theatre and Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Empire Outlets will also feature a 1,250-space parking garage, connecting commuters from Staten Island to Manhattan.
“We are so pleased to welcome the opening of Empire Outlets to the St. George waterfront,” added Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO. “With so much to see, do and discover across Staten Island, we hope the opening will not only encourage visitors and New Yorkers to shop and dine at St. George’s newest destination, but also explore more of the diverse cultural, recreational and culinary opportunities readily available across this remarkable community.”