From the Wall Street Journal:
Flushing already has hundreds of local stores and its position as a transportation hub—the No. 7 subway, city buses and the Long Island Railroad all meet in the heart of downtown Flushing—means that more than 100,000 people pass through daily, including residents of downtown Flushing and commuters who work and shop in the area.
Even though the new mall will increase congestion in an area already packed with pedestrians and cars, there are residents are looking forward to having more national retailers locally. The only regional mall in Queens currently is Queens Center in Elmhurst.
Actually, there are 3 malls in close proximity to each other on Queens Blvd, plus Atlas Park, the Metro Mall, Bay Terrace, etc.
"People are happy to have them because we [often] have to go to Long Island, Manhattan or New Jersey to buy something," said Fred Fu, president of Flushing Development Center, a nonprofit that hosts cultural events in Flushing.
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Though it is too early to tell whether the area's many small, mostly Asian, businesses will be affected, Mr. Fu suggests that the new mall will benefit existing business owners.
"The new stores will generate more customers for the small businesses. People from Long Island City, Jamaica, and Bayside will come here to buy," he says.
Yes, I can see that happening. Heh.
"There is no shortage of patrons to Flushing, but it is dramatically underserved from a retail and residential perspective," said Michael Dana, president of Onex Real Estate Partners and developer of the project. Forest Hills-based Muss Development LLC is co-owner of the project.
Underserved from a retail and residential perspective? That's a good one. Go ahead and delude yourself into thinking that.