Staten Island Mall

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40°34'54"N
074°09'56"W
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 United States of America
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The Staten Island Mall is a shopping mall in the New Springville neighborhood of Staten Island, New York City, United States. It is the only indoor shopping mall in the borough. It is the largest retail center on the island and is the site of the island's third largest public transit hub after the St. George Terminal and Eltingville Transit Center, with numerous bus routes that connect to the periphery of the mall area.

Description

The mall is owned by Brookfield Properties Retail Group of Chicago, Illinois, itself a division of Brookfield Asset Management, whose USA operations are based in Manhattan. It has 200 stores employing approximately 3,000 people. Anchor tenants include JCPenney, Macy's, and Primark.

History

Prior to the construction of the mall, the land was occupied by the Staten Island Airport, which opened in 1941. The site was sold in 1955 with a shopping and amusement center, known as the Staten Island Center, envisaged. In 1964 it was announced that Macy's and Abraham & Straus would open stores across from E. J. Korvette. Construction of the mall did not commence until 1970 and opened in 1973 with Macy's and Sears. The A&S store was not built on the property as announced years earlier. The shopping center was developed by Feist and Feist Realty Corp. and sold to the Rouse Company in 1980. Rouse remodeled the mall by removing the small shops in the center court known as the "Honeycomb", added additional escalators to the six that were working at the time the mall opened, plus additional trees and several new fountains throughout the mall. The mall was renovated and expanded in 1993 when the JCPenney wing was completed. JCPenney relocated to the mall from its long time occupancy at the Forest Avenue Shoppers Town. It was originally a two-story mall shaped like a letter "T", with a large outdoor plaza on the Richmond Avenue side gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,274,000 square feet (118,400 m2) and a tenant GLA of 622,000 ft² (58,000 m²). In 2008, following the US economic meltdown, several stores, including some open for many years, closed down and discount or non-national retailers took their places. Other spaces sat vacant, with their windows being used to display other stores' merchandise. However, by mid-2010, higher-end shops such as Michael Kors, Pandora and Armani Exchange opened for business, and by 2011, numerous new brands (Adidas, Love Culture, etc.) were relocating or updating their looks while new tenants continued to revive the mall's image. The mall has been expanded by 242,000 square feet beginning in 2016 continued into 2019 with an updated modern storefront with new restaurants and retailers like Zara and Ulta Beauty. Also added was a new parking garage and Dave & Buster's. The food court had been moved from its former area into the newly expanded area in the mall, now called the "Food District". Several new restaurants including a Chick-fil-A opened in the food district. Other business added to the mall are Barnes & Noble, Lidl and AMC Theatres. On March 15, 2017, Primark opened on the second floor of the Sears store, while The Container Store occupied the former Sears auto center. On July 14, 2019, it was announced that Sears would be shutting down at the mall in mid-September 2019 after 46 years. The store closed on September 15, 2019.

Transportation

Several local, Select Bus Service and express New York City Transit Authority buses stop and either travel through or on the perimeter (where park and ride facilities exist) of the mall's campus. They include the S44, S94, S59, S89, S61 and S91 local buses/limited counterparts, the S55 and S56 buses with no corresponding limited buses, the S79 Select Bus Service route, and the SIM4, SIM4C, SIM4X, SIM8, SIM8X and SIM31 express buses.
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