ST. GEORGE — Applebee's, Gap and White House Black Market inked leases to spaces in Empire Outlets, a new mall that's breaking ground on Thursday.
The mall — slated to open in 2016 — announced 100,000 square-feet of new leases on Tuesday. The latest tenants will join H&M and Nordstrom Rack which previously took space.
Other stores headed to the mall include Banana Republic Factory Store, Columbia Sportswear Company, Guess Factory Store, Wilsons Leather, G.H. Bass & Co., Lids, Obey Your Body, Innovation Luggage, Walgreens, Haagen Daz, Krispy Kreme and Nathan’s Famous.
"We are extremely excited to welcome these premier retailers at Empire Outlets,” said Joseph Ferrara, principal of developers BFC Partners, in a statement.
“The global presence and appeal that these brands have to our local, domestic and international visitors will undoubtedly be an experience that guests will want to repeat time and time again.”
The mall, which will be adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal and the planned New York Wheel, will have 100 stores, a 190 room hotel, restaurants and a parking lot, BFC said.
Aside from the new leases, BFC also said it would use the city's Economic Development Corporation's HireNYC program to fill construction jobs at the site with locals.
While originally set to be together, Empire Outlets will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday and the New York Wheel will host a separate one. Construction on both projects were pushed back a month because of the city's brutal winter.