NEW DORP — The Alamo Drafthouse will open its first Staten Island location at the planned redevelopment site of a Hylan Boulevard shopping plaza.
The Austin-based chain — which serves food, beer and liquor while you watch a movie — leased one of the anchor spaces at The Boulevard shopping plaza, which seeks to transform Hylan Plaza into a multi-level retail hub, according to developers Kimco Realty.
This will be the Alamo's second location in the city after its Downtown Brooklyn spot opened last year.
Aside from Alamo, the grocery store ShopRite will also take space at the $170 million project on Ebbitts Street and Hylan Boulevard, the Staten Island Advance first reported.
Developer Kimco Realty plans to transform Hylan Plaza into a "downtown hub" with 440,000 square-feet of retail space, restaurants and a "Main Street plaza" with outdoor dining, a spokeswoman for the developer said.
"We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from the community, they're really very excited to see this project," said Josh Weinkranz, resident of the northeast region for Kimco. "We're really excited about the traction that we have."
The developer shuttered several existing stores at Hylan Plaza for the plans, including a United Artist movie theater.
Aside from Alamo, chains including Mandee's, GameStop, Party City, PetSmart and Chase Bank leased spaced at the site. Modell's will relocate as part of the project, Weinkranz said.
ShopRite will shutter their existing 2424 Hylan Blvd. location to take 68,000 square-feet at The Boulevard, according to Weinkranz. Alamo has leased 41,000 square-feet in the development.
Weinkranz said their still negotiating to see which existing tenants will stay on in the new development and estimates that they have 200,000 square-feet of space left to lease.
The project needs approvals from the city to move forward, but Weinkranz expects to start construction this year and open in the summer of 2019.