Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Claire Wilson from the Commercial Observer, to weigh in on Staten Island shopping. Her interest — and, one of my passions — is in brick and mortar stores, real estate where real commerce takes place on Staten Island. Despite the current national trend of retailers closing stores in malls across the US, Staten Island remains strong opening up new stores Island-wide.
Everybody likes to blame Amazon, but the idea that people aren’t going to shop anymore couldn’t be farther from the truth. As an industry, we failed in delivering an interesting experience to shoppers. We’re bucking that trend on Staten Island.
Shoppers have been paying high tolls to leave the borough and we needed to give them a reason to stay. In order to keep residents on Staten Island, shopping centers are having to provide a better experience for their shoppers. Everything we do today is different then it was 5 years ago, why not shopping?
People searching Commercial Real Estate Staten Island, for instance, or Business Space for Rent near me are finding out how forward-thinking firms like Casandra Properties are innovating, and delivering an experience as well as shopping.