Will new owner save troubled mall?
May 11, 2010 | 7592 views | 0 0 comments | 199 199 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We know it takes time for kids to learn to stand on their own, but Atlas Park is four years old now! If you as a shopper found the retail center underwhelming when it first opened, you should check it out now. Ask anyone and they’ll say that the movie theater and the restaurants are fabulous. On the weekends, we were told, the wait for California Pizza Kitchen sometimes exceeds 45 minutes.

The stores, on the other hand, are a really sad story. We spoke to several of the small business owners and some make less than ten sales a day. Some of these entrepreneurs are hardworking people from the Queens community, so we really want to see them succeed, but as much faith as they have in their own brand, they’ll be the first to tell you that customers, particularly those who don’t live in Glendale, won’t come back for one or two stores.

Surprisingly, there are still people who regard Atlas Park as a luxury retail destination, but that really isn’t the case anymore. The stores are extremely affordable — you’ll easily find plenty of quality items for $10 or less at home goods store The FAIR, ladies’ accessories hub Laila Rowe and Rosetta Wines. Dresses & Denim is a chic boutique with very fair prices, and yet we were told that nobody’s buying. We suspect it’s because there are no customers, let alone young female ones, coming by.

Word on the street is that Atlas Park may be sold at an upcoming auction, and even though we’re not certain a new owner will be able to turn things around (need we remind you, this isn’t the first time Atlas Park will be changing hands; there was a chance for redemption before), we’ve got to believe it. This huge property has already been built and developed, and the last thing anyone wants is more condos, or, as unoccupied units have been dubbed, “non-dos,” in Queens.

Will Atlas Park ever be able to compete with Queens Center? It’s a question many have asked, and frankly, who says it has to? Everyone knows the parking and traffic situation in that area’s a nightmare, and if more appealing stores do come to Glendale, we reckon people might just opt to shop at Atlas Park instead. Here’s hoping.

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