Will New Williamsburg Be Edgy or Chainy?
What are the retail possibilities for the huge Edge development--which will have 60,000 square feet of retail space--in Williamsburg and what do they mean for Kent Avenue? Consider the bit of speculation that Racked engaged in in its Like/Likely feature:
...Who's going to be doing business at the Edge? What we'd like to see open: Well, since being swallowed whole by the earth isn't an option for the Edge, wouldn't a W'burg Barneys Co-op be nice? How awesome does Topshop Brooklyn sound? And can you imagine how pissed Manhattanites would be if Nordstrom ditched its midtown dreams and went this far east?2009 should be quite the year for Kent Avenue.
What we're likely to see open: A supersized Duane Reade, anyone? A mega-Target store, perhaps? A Subway sandwich shop? Those all seem to be relatively safe guesses. And since Steve Jobs has said no way to the area, maybe Circuit City or Best Buy will swoop on in. Oh, and let's not forget the bank chains.