BFC Partners have already named 20 retail stores that will be part of the center, with 80 more stores and restaurants to be announced. Along with other development projects along the North Shore, the Empire Outlets project is intended to revitalize the waterfront.
“I have the privilege of working a stone’s throw away from what is the epicenter of the transformation of Staten Island’s northern waterfront,” said BP Oddo. “Empire Outlets is an essential part of the ‘Core Four’ projects that total nearly a billion dollars of private investment along this corridor. The project is an economic development bonanza in and of itself, but its benefits can grow exponentially as this trailblazing endeavor encourages future investments, large and small, in our community. The upside for Staten Island is huge and I am proud to continue to work with BFC and our partners and colleagues in maximizing this critical moment for Staten Island”
The outlet center is scheduled to open in 2016.