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Several Atlas Park stores still closed weeks after pipe bursts

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Two separate pipe bursts in The Shops at Atlas Park last month damaged five stores in the shopping center, three of which are still closed.

“There were two separate pipe bursts, one in Gymboree and one in Shiro’s, about 12 hours apart from each other,” said Peter DeLucia, a representative from the Shops at Atlas Park. “Some stores have since opened and some are still fixing up.”

The pipe burst in Shiro of Japan damaged that store, along with Maidenform, J. Jill and Chico’s. Since the burst, which happened on Feb. 16, Shiro and Maidenform have opened back up but the same could not be said for J. Jill and Chico’s.

According to DeLucia, both J. Jill and Chico’s are closed until further notice and he said that he could not comment on whether they will re-open at this point.

Gymboree’s pipe burst has left them closed for more than two weeks, but they are looking to open up in about a week, according to DeLucia.


ULTA Beauty opens up in Glendale shopping center

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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

It was a beauty-full day on Friday at The Shops at Atlas Park as it welcomed ULTA Beauty to its complex.

This is ULTA Beauty’s second store to come to Queens with the first location opening up in Rego Park three years ago. The 10,000-square foot location at the Glendale shopping center has more than 20,000 products for both men and women. It features 20,000 beauty products, 4,000 testers and more than 1,000 scents while also offering in-store services for skin care, hair and eyebrows.

More than 200 people lined up for its Aug. 15 grand opening with the first 100 receiving gift certificates ranging from $5 to $100 for future purchases.  The store will also be offering free makeovers and consultations all weekend.

“ULTA is all things beauty, all in one place,” said Kelly Smith, who manages all grand openings for ULTA Beauty.  “We are truly a beauty destination for Glendale, and our ULTA beauty experts are ready to help with all of your beauty needs, from the basics to the perfect shade of lipstick to the newest hair tool.”



Councilwoman Crowley moving district office to Atlas Park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s district office is moving to a destination familiar to many Glendale shoppers.

The new location will be at 71-19 80th St., Suite 8-303, at The Shops at Atlas Park, her office announced Monday.

The space is less than a mile away, about a four minute drive, from the councilwoman’s current office at 64-77 Dry Harbor Rd., and at 1,267 square feet, is larger than the present location. It will also produce cost-savings in the office’s budget, according to Crowley.

“Our new community office provides a larger and more centrally located space that will help my staff and I better serve the people of the 30th District,” she said.

Crowley plans on moving to the Atlas Park location on Friday, May 23, and will be scheduling an open house to welcome residents to the new office once the councilwoman and staff are settled.

The Q47 and Q29 buses both stop at the shopping center, and the mall will also provide an hour of free parking for constituents visiting Crowley’s office.



More retail coming to Shops at Atlas Park

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

More retail is coming to a Glendale shopping center about a year after the mall underwent a makeover.

The Shops at Atlas Park announced Thursday it will be opening a Footlocker, Payless ShoeSource, Auntie Anne’s, beauty retailer ULTA Beauty and Crazy 8, a children’s clothing and accessories store.

The shopping center, located at 8000 Cooper Ave., and owned by Macerich, is also in the process of planning its Summer on the Green event series, which features family-friendly programs, such as movies and concerts.

Last summer, Atlas Park opened the Center Green, a 10,000-square-foot area especially designed for events, as part of an overall redesign for the mall.

After shoppers said the center’s selection of stores was subpar, Macerich, with the hopes of a new and improved retail experience, also brought in new retail last year, including, Charlotte Russe and Forever 21.





Plans reveal new shopping center could come to Glendale

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Glendale Shopping Center

A 350,000-square-foot shopping center could be coming to Glendale, according to a brochure by Schuckman Realty obtained by The Courier.

The center will be located on 8200 Cooper Ave., next to The Shops at Atlas Park, and will be built in two phases.

Phase one, which is expected to be completed by fall 2015, consists of more than 137,000 square feet of retail, 133,650 square feet of storage, about 500 free parking spots and outdoor seating areas. While phase two will have about 80,000 square feet of retail and will be finished in spring 2016.

The proposed development will have three anchor tenants along with small stores, restaurants with outdoor seating and freestanding pad buildings with drive-thrus.

Some Glendale leaders and residents are worried the area will be inundated with traffic.

“I don’t think it is a very good spot to put more shops. There is too much traffic,” said Michelle Cook-Lopez, a member of the Glendale Property Owners Association. “Personally I think we need more manufacturing jobs. We are losing that in Glendale.”

Schuckman Realty did not return calls or emails for comment.

Glendale Shopping Center 8200 Cooper Av (1) by The Queens Courier



Shops at Atlas Park opens the Center Green

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

On Tuesday, July 2, the Shops at Atlas Park officially opened the Center Green, a 10,000-square-foot area especially designed for events. The Center Green is the heart of the overall redesign planned by Macerich, which is bringing new retail power to the property with the new additions of Charlotte Russe, Forever 21 and Boom Zone.

“Summer on the Green,” the season-long events series, kicks off July 4. For a full list, visit www.shopsatatlaspark.com.



New stores hope to bring new life to Atlas Park

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Photo courtesy of Macerich

With the revamp of a Glendale shopping center well under way, hopes of bringing a new and improved retail experience for residents are high.

Marketing manager Dawn Simon said the Shops at Atlas Park need “new energy and excitement.”

Shoppers previously said the selection of stores at the center was subpar, but Macerich, which owns the facility, aims to change that this summer.

“New retailers and a new gathering place are just the start of the great benefits and offerings that the Shops at Atlas Park will provide,” Simon said. “Our vision and plans for the center are continuing to come to life.”

Charlotte Russe and Forever 21, two popular national brands, will open in the Shops this summer. The Center Green, a gathering area within the shopping center, is currently under construction. It is designed to host community events and live performances.

“Bringing the community together and hosting these events will create a sense of space to not only shop and dine but to be entertained,” Simon said.

She added the Center Green was also created with families in mind.

Macerich is researching new offers and concepts for shoppers, but could not share specifics as to what additions, if any, will be made to the shopping and dining mix. Macerich said its leasing team is working to bring in new stores and restaurants.

The Shops at Atlas Park is in a prime location in Glendale, right near Cooper Avenue and 80th Street. Macerich hopes to make it “much more than a shopping center,” Simon said.

For continual updates on the Shops’ progress, visit www.shopatlaspark.com.



More shops, other changes coming to Atlas Park

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Photo courtesy of Macerich

A Glendale shopping center is scheduled for a makeover, ready for residents to enjoy this coming summer.

The Shops at Atlas Park, which has struggled in recent years, announced the addition of two popular retail stores, Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. Construction has also begun to update the property’s signature Center Green open space.

“We are investing in The Shops at Atlas Park as an appealing centerpiece for this part of Queens,” said Liza Diaz, property manager for the site. “Our vision is to create not only a fine shopping destination with great dining options, but to establish a community gathering spot with the Center Green.”

Macerich, a real estate investment trust, acquired ownership of the mall in 2011. In the past, residents have expressed frustration regarding store selection, but hope for a revamped center still remains.

“Atlas Park has the potential to be a great economic engine for Glendale and the surrounding communities” said Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley. “Macerich has a proven record developing malls, and I believe the new stores and outdoor performance space will bring new life to Atlas Park.”

The center court area will include new, movable glass kiosks for seasonal and specialty merchandise, as well as a 10,000-square-foot area designated for community events and live performances. Roughly 100 new parking spots will be added to the area, intended to improve convenience for shoppers and diners.

Developers believe that the retailer additions are a “real fit for the dynamic community” of Glendale. This addition is just the first of many that Macerich hopes to make as it enhances the mall’s retail lineup, as well as other attractions.

“This community is looking for a retail, dining and entertainment destination that feels modern, comfortable and family-friendly,” said Diaz.



Firefighters help fellow FDNY members still recovering from Sandy

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Photos courtesy of the Friends of Firefighters

Firefighters, despite their ever-heroic actions, were not spared during Sandy’s rage.

Many active and retired members of the FDNY lost their homes during the storm, and the Friends of Firefighters (FoF), a nonprofit group that offers wellness services for firefighters and their families, opened up an additional location in Glendale to care for those in need. But nearly four months after the storm, the group is still supplying families who lost everything with essential items.

“[Firefighters] are out there every day, putting their lives on the line for us,” said Meghan Zichelli, operations manager at FoF. “Most of them, their homes were affected by Sandy, so it makes our mission even more important; to help this community that’s out there helping us.”

When the storm hit, FoF’s base site in Brooklyn was severely damaged. The group needed an additional site to distribute donations to FDNY families in need.

Initially, they collected donations in a volunteer’s home, but with the mountainous influx of items, they quickly outgrew the space.

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley contacted Macerich, the owners of the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. Macerich donated the space previously occupied by Stein Mart to FoF, and volunteers are still there today.

“The families need even more assistance during this rough time,” said Zichelli. “To make the help convenient for them and easily accessible is very important.”

FoF has helped over 400 firefighters and their families since the storm, and will continue to do so. The same volunteers work the site, and Zichelli said that provides a sense of comfort and familiarity for the families who keep coming back for more.

“They’re still coming to get anything from baby diapers and formula, to bleach and cleaning supplies, to shovels and other tools,” she said.

The Glendale site is currently open every Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for both donation drop-offs and pick-ups. To learn more, call FoF at 718-643-1240 or visit friendsoffirefighters.org.



Forever 21 may be coming to Atlas Park

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The Shops at Atlas Park is still suffering a year-and-a-half after it was bought at a foreclosure auction. But a new tenant, Forever 21, could help the Glendale open-air shopping center turn a financial corner.

Though its owner, Macerich, could not “confirm details of any retailers at this time,” a Forever 21 spokesperson confirmed to the Daily News that a 15,000-square-foot store will open there in early 2013.

Forever 21 is a modestly priced chain that sells trendy clothes and accessories for women, men and kids, but is particularly popular among females in their teens and early 20s. It has several stores in Manhattan and Long Island, but only one store in the borough, at the nearby Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, which Macerich also owns.

Unlike the booming Queens Center, Atlas Park has had difficulty attracting shoppers, who complain about its paid parking and store offerings.

“There’s nothing there to buy. You’re paying parking for no place to shop,” said Glendale Civic Association president Kathy Masi. She is happy about any store that can pay the rent, especially one that is geared towards the young people who frequent the mall on the weekend.

In addition to retail shops, the 377,924-square-foot shopping center has restaurants, offices and a movie theater, and hosts concerts.

“We do a lot better during nights and weekends because people come here for movies and the restaurants,” said Peggy Zhu, an employee at clothing and accessory store Momo.

One restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, says that business for them has been fine.

But since Atlas Park opened in 2006, business hasn’t been fine. Three years after purchasing it, its original owners defaulted on a $128 million loan. In January 2011, Macerich bought the center for $54 million at a foreclosure auction.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company seems to recognize that Atlas Park is still struggling, and is considering renaming the shopping center and making other changes.

“Whenever we redevelop, there is a whole list of possibilities, and a name change is one of them,” Tim Steffan, senior vice president of property management at Macerich told The Queens Courier earlier this year. He also said that any mall needs an anchor or destination to attract customers—and local residents agree.

“The stores are too expensive here. They need more stores like the ones in Queens Center that are cheaper,” said Glendale mother Jackie Jenna, 51.

“There’s a bunch of shoe stores but not a lot of cheap places for young people to shop,” said 18-year-old Michelle Ricciardi of Middle Village. “I think Forever 21 will bring a lot of people to the mall.”

Additional reporting by Phil Hertling

Black Friday at The Shops at Atlas Park

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Shoppers on Black Friday expect big bargains – and bigger crowds.  At Glendale’s Shops at Atlas Park shoppers found sales minus the crowds.

Many of the Park’s stores opened their doors early – Jos. A. Bank opened at 5 a.m. – offering big savings.

“I came out because I figured some stores were having good sales and I knew the crowd wouldn’t be crazy,” said Ridgewood resident Lucinda Williams.

Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Dresses & Denim, J. Jill, Jos. A. Bank, Maidenform and The Fair held Black Friday sales worth up to 50 percent off.

“I like to get my holiday shopping out of the way early,” said Margaret Paulsen of Middle Village.  “There were just a couple of things I wanted to grab and I wanted to beat the mobs.”

The shopping center, which opened on Cooper Avenue in 2006, allowed shoppers to skip the long lines often associated with the biggest shopping day of the year.

“I never go shopping on Black Friday. It’s not worth the hassle,” said Glendale resident Tori Scott.  “But there are no crowds [at Atlas Park], so it’s not a typical Black Friday experience.”