Thursday, October 04, 2007

Albee Square Update: Closed and Targeted


Our friends at Racked dropped an exclusive report late yesterday afternoon that Target is planning to open another Brooklyn store at the Albee Square development (with a 45-60 story tall tower) that will rise on the site of the current mall. The Mall, meanwhile, is now closed and cleared of tenants. Could Target really be planning another store so close to the Atlantic Center outpost? Racked says absolutely. The other Target has one of the chain's highest volumes of sales per square foot, so there could be room in the market for another one.



Blogger JanetG said...

They've had temporary stores in NYC before (even a boat once) so I wouldn't rule out a holiday or theme store as a draw while a more permanent tenant is located.

Does this mean Toys R Us is closed? Guess there was nothing left after all the Chinese goods were removed.

10:01 AM  
Blogger JakeGould said...

Yes, the Toys R Us was closed. I miss the Albee Square Mall. And another Target is not a bad idea, but the one one in the Atlantic Center is always picked over and overwhelmed.

While I'm no big fan of chain stores, Fulton Street used to be filled with department stores back in the day. Maybe a Target will help reinvigorate the spirt.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically enough, in today's Times, Toysrus advertises a temporary store in Manhattan (at B'way and 4th St.). Frankly, I don't think the problem at the Brooklyn Targets is the volume of shoppers as much as it is the poor allocation of staff: there are often registers without checkers even at the busiest times, and the "help" on the floor isn't nearly as helpful as in other Targets, elsewhere. Once I was in the Belt Pkwy one and wandered, seeking assistance, until two young men were willing to talk to me but it turned out they were missionaries (this was before I knew the uniform is red top, tan pants). I used to take the train to the store in Elmhurst, and have had staffers get on the walkie talkie and find the appropriate person to come up front and bring me to the item I wanted. Could you imagine this occurring at the Atlantic Avenue Target?

10:45 AM  

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