Port Richmond Avenue’s “RETAIL SHOWCASE”

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on October 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated October 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Kathleen Sforza remembers sunny Saturday afternoons walking down Port Richmond Avenue as a kid.

“My mother would take me shopping on Port Richmond Avenue to Lobel’s, a children’s clothing store, and Tirone’s for my school shoes,” she said.

“As a teen-ager I’d go to Lerner’s there, and I used to go to one store that’s still there, Nats Men’s Shop,” added Ms. Sforza, economic and community development coordinator of the Northfield Community LDC.

Although many long-time Port Richmond businesses, such as Tirone’s Shoe Store, have closed, the commercial corridor, known in the past as the “Fifth Avenue of Staten Island,” has witnessed a return of diverse businesses.

And Ms. Sforza is trying to breathe new life into the once-bustling retail strip by filling several vacant storefronts along Port Richmond Avenue.

“I would like to see a new vibe mixed with the old vibe on Port Richmond Avenue. There are empty, beautiful storefronts … We have renovated storefronts that would be perfect for art galleries or more restaurants,” she says.

“I’m looking for business people with an entrepreneurial spirit who will use the web to draw people to the area,” added Ms. Sforza.

And the biggest lure to the area is rent prices that are much less costly than other Island-based major thoroughfares, like Hylan Boulevard and Forest Avenue, where, a 1,500-square-foot storefront could be as much as $6,000 rent per month.

“Rents here are much cheaper and we have great renovated storefronts,” said Ms. Sforza, who is hosting a Northfield Community LDC retail showcase of available storefronts on Thursday for merchants and Realtors.

Attendees will tour various properties via a trolly, including six to 10 storefronts where rents range from $800 for a booth in a shared space, to $1,500 for a 1,200-square-foot store. In addition, the tour will stop at several brownfield sites — properties where soil has been contaminated by manufacturing or other prior uses — that are zoned for development, she said.

“We have a bazaar space owner looking to rent to people who are just starting out in business, like a photographer or wedding planner, who just needs to pay one flat fee,” she said.

In addition to the retail showcase, Ms. Sforza has a “Discover Port Richmond” blog where she posts a mix of new and old photos of Port Richmond Avenue with hopes of attracting new businesses to the area.

The retail showcase on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. 453 Port Richmond Ave. To reserve a spot on the tour, call Ms. Sforza at (718) 442-7351 ext. 225.

Remembering the Past, Living in the Present,

and 

Looking Forward to the Future !!!

Kathleen Sforza
Economic & Community Development Coordinator

Northfield Community LDC

Phone:  718-442-7351 Ext. 225

Email:  northfieldLDC.kathleensforza@gmail.com

 

Port Richmond Avenue’s “RETAIL SHOWCASE”

For Immediate Release:

Owners are showcasing their properties for Port Richmond Avenue’s

“RETAIL SHOWCASE” & YOU ARE INVITED !!!

Join the tour of retail-ready commerical space. Learn about resoures available for small businesses and the exciting changes that are in store for Port Richmond!

WHERE/WHEN:  453 Port Richmond Avenue – Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Northfield Community LDC, with support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, is showcasing a series of “move-in-ready” retail storefronts along the Port Richmond commercial corridor.

With a presentation by NYC Small Business Solution Center, perspective business owners will have an opportunity to hear about the resources and support this agency has to offer.

Businesses located in Port Richmond have the advantage of working with established organizations to help them grow and thrive. “Northfield Community LDC has provided much support to the Port Richmond Board of Trade over the past three decades and we welcome all those interested in locating their business here to attend this exciting showcase event. The Port Richmond Avenue commercial district has served many generations of Staten Island residents and we continue to nurture its current potential”, described Joan Catalano, Northfield Community LDC Executive Director.

Port Richmond commercial corridor, once known as the “Fifth Avenue of Staten Island”, is destined for a renaissance. We welcome entrepreneurs, local property owners, and real estate industry professionals to join us on our tour.

The event’s program is designed to attract new and diverse businesses to the neighborhood by simplifying entrepreneur’s search for retail space and providing property owners with a means of advertising their available commercial spaces. With the recent approval of the Ferris Wheel, the Empire Outlets, combined with the Staten Island Yankee Stadium, momentum is building for development of the North Shore waterfront. With views of the waterfront and the Bayonne Bridge, the Port Richmond Corridor is in an area rich in history. We are on the cusp of something extraordinary. With visions of artist galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and stores along the hub, Port Richmond will someday be the go to place for cultural diversity.

Here are some of the Businesses we are looking for…
• Art galleries, coffee cafe, dance studio, gym, thrift shop or a goodwill store, variety shop, hardware store, furniture and home furnishing stores, catering hall, and restaurants.

Here are links to our Discover Port Richmond Facebook Page, Port Richmond Avenue’s “RETAIL SHOWCASE” Event Page, and Discover Port Richmond Blog:

For more information or to register for this event please call:
Kathleen Sforza
Phone:  718-442-7351, Ext. 225
e-mail:  NorthfieldLDC.kathleensforza@gmail.com