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Police prepare for Black Friday shopping rush in Flushing and College Point


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Shops at SkyView Center

Police are preparing for Black Friday in Flushing and College Point by beefing up police presence and posting traffic officers on busy roads, according to authorities.

While there weren’t many crimes in the area during last year’s Black Friday, police at the 109th Precinct hope that the increase in police presence will prevent the possibility of shoppers getting robbed and stores being burglarized, according Detective Kevin O’Donnell.

“We’re expecting large crowds to be coming out to Flushing and College Point and we want everyone to have a safe Black Friday,” he said.

The police will be concentrating on two areas. The first location, The Shops at SkyView Center, will be particularly important to police because the Target housed in the mall will stay open all night on Friday into Saturday. The other area is in College Point on a section of 20th Avenue lined with strip malls. Just north of Flushing, the shopping center has several strip malls next to one another. And while there is parking, traffic backups from exit 15 off the Whitestone Expressway on regular weekends.

“Traffic is going to be a mess out there but we’re hoping to keep things as smooth as possible,” O’Donnell said.

Shoppers can expect to see an increase in police beginning on Thursday afternoon, a concentrated presence that will continue into Saturday.

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Flushing’s SkyView Center nearing full tenancy, two new stores coming next year


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Shops at SkyView Center 

Increased appeal of The Shops at SkyView Center has attracted a wave of new tenants, bringing Onex Real Estate Partners closer to fully leasing the Flushing shopping mall, according to a representative.

The center recently welcomed five new stores, including Royal Beauty Spa, tween fashion and accessory store Justice & Brothers, Asian eatery Grandma’s Dim Sum, health shop GNC and national clothing retailer Nordstrom Rack, which is the chain’s first location in Queens.

Also, two more national fashion retailers, which have yet to be named, plan to be introduced by the mall next spring, reducing the vacancy in the 700,000-square-foot shopping center to about 10,000 square feet, said David Brickman, Onex’s director of leasing for the mall.

“I think it’s a national recognition of where Flushing is as a retail market and what SkyView has become as a center,” he said.

The five new additions this year joined a mix that already includes national chains and local and unique retailers in the mall, ranging from Target, Applebee’s, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, to Mongolian hot pot restaurant Little Lamb and Fay Da Bakery.

Brickman said this blend contributed to the attraction of SkyView for new tenants and consumers.

“You have national retailers that eyed SkyView as the place to be and at the same time you have this unique mix of local businesses that opened at SkyView,” he said. “What SkyView offers that others malls don’t is the unique mix of nationally recognized retailers and locals. It sort of makes SkyView a one-stop destination.”

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Flushing’s Assi Plaza supermarket sells for $55M


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Scott Bintner

Owners of Flushing Asian grocery Assi Plaza sold its building after two decades of operation in the neighborhood.

Asian food distributor Rhee Brothers, Inc, which owns the supermarket chain, sold the two-story property at 131-01 39th Ave. near College Point Boulevard for $54.6 million, according to city records filed Friday.

The nearly 100,000-square-foot Flushing supermarket, which opened in 1994, was the first of several scattered across the country.

Assi Plaza, which is located near the SkyView Center and blocks from recently developed One Fulton Square, was purchased by Outlet Plaza LLC, according to city records.

Repeated calls to Rhee Brothers were not returned.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article stated King’s USA Group bought Assi Plaza based on incorrect information in a published report. Outlet Plaza LLC bought the supermarket, according to city property records. 

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Nordstrom Rack hosting SkyView Center grand opening party with giveaways


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom Rack

To kick off the opening of Queens’ first Nordstrom Rack at The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing on Wednesday, Sept. 10, the retailer is hosting a party, where one lucky customer can win a $1,000 shopping spree.

The “Rally at the Rack” event starts at 8 a.m., at 40-24 College Point Blvd., with music, free breakfast treats and coffee in the 35,000-square-foot, two-level store.

Customers 18 and older can enter a raffle to win one of 30 $100 gift cards, and one person will win the shopping spree, dubbed “Rule the Rack,” which will be drawn at 8:25 a.m.

Also, the first 1,000 customers to buy items at the store will get a free complimentary Nordstrom Rack tote bag.

The new Nordstrom Rack at the SkyView Center will be the 154th location in the country.

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Nordstrom Rack to open first store in Queens


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy The Shops at SkyView Center

Nordstrom Rack will be moving into the SkyView Center in Flushing, the Seattle-based apparel company announced Tuesday.

Style-savvy shoppers can expect the discounted retail division of Nordstrom, Inc. to open its first Queens location this fall at 40-24 College Point Blvd.

The two-level store will be 39,000 square feet, officials said. Nordstrom Rack is also opening two stores in Brooklyn this year.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic retail center within a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of Queens and right off the Long Island Rail Road,” Nordstrom Rack President Geevy Thomas said.

“We look forward to opening next fall and bringing our customers the very best of our brands at great prices,” Thomas said.

The new storefront joins an expanding roster of national tenants, including Target, Old Navy and Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy.

SkyView owner Michael Dana said the addition takes Queens one step further to being a major retail destination.

“We are committed to providing shoppers great fashion at affordable price points and Nordstrom Rack is the perfect addition to our growing mix of retailers,” Dana said.

 

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