Standing just feet away from what will become New York City’s first outlet mall, I joined business and city leaders in breaking ground on the Empire Outlets.
With 340,000 square feet of designer stores, Empire Outlets will draw visitors from all over the globe. Along with forthcoming projects and existing anchors that have served us for decades, Empire Outlets will help give Staten Island’s North Shore a prominent place on every map. This project will bring $285 million in private investment and more than 800 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs to the North Shore, and its economic ripple effects on our neighborhoods and small businesses will be immeasurable.
These stores will draw the 70,000 people who ride the ferry every day – and then some. And while they’re here shopping, we can interest them in a trip to the Staten Island Zoo, Alice Austen House, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the St. George Theater and the Staten Island Museum, not to mention the hundreds of small businesses and eateries scattered across Staten Island.
The groundbreaking was a day of celebration, but also a day of renewed commitment to make this project the success we all know it will be.