Staten Island outlet project hires top consultant

BY Al Urbanski

Developers of a 350,000-sq.-ft. outlet mall in Staten Island’s burgeoning St. George district have looked across the New York Narrows to enlist the help of one of Manhattan’s most noted real estate brokers.

Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of the retail leasing and sales team at Douglas Elliman, has signed on with BCF Partners’ Empire Outlets, now taking shape in the shadow of the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel, also under development. Consolo’s focus will be adding luxury brands to a retail roster that already includes Nordstrom Rack, Columbia Sportswear, and Toys “R” Us.

"This will be the only luxury outlet mall for New York City," she said. "We're modeling it on the successful examples in Europe, with a closely curated selection of global luxury names on top of all the great American brands to present the right mix."

In the plans for Empire Outlets is a 20,000-sq.-ft. event space and 40,000 sq. ft. of dining that will include Two Boots Pizza, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, and a food hall by MRKTPL.

Consolo intends to put a national advertising campaign behind the mall’s opening at the end of this year. She and BCF envision St. George as one of New York City’s highest-growth neighborhoods in the years ahead.

"Whole blocks are going high-rise and the density is improving,” Consolo said. “The 190-key hotel that's also part of Empire Outlets will be Staten Island's first up-market lodging."

St. George houses the Staten Island Ferry terminal and the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees minor league team.

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