WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — One of the long-awaited, big-name stores inside the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal is finally opening its doors Thursday, making it the first business to open in the three-story marketplace since it was unveiled in May, organizers said.
The Marshalls at 4211 Broadway will celebrates its grand opening with “giveaways and other surprises,” according to a press release, including the reveal of a mural installation alongside local high school students.
The mural, the company said, will appear on a four-story building near the store on St. Nicholas Avenue and 173rd Street.
Marshalls is also planning to present the “Fresh Youth Initiatives,” a nonprofit “focused on empowering youths in Washington Heights” with a $10,000 grant, according to the release. The grant will also help COMPASS, an after-school program at Gregorio Luperon High School, continue to prepare students for college and learn about computer applications.
The company didn't specify how Fresh Youth Initiatives or COMPASS was selected, but did say it will "evaluate local non-profit organizations on an annual basis to continue to support the community."
Although the grand opening announcement is full of local tie-ins, it’s also on the heels of a rally residents held last month alongside several politicians.
Many at the time said George Washington Bridge Redevelopment Venture LLC, a private development company overseeing the long-delayed redevelopment of the half-century-old terminal in conjunction with the Port Authority, wasn't doing enough to guarantee that companies like Marshalls hire within the community.
Marshalls said it held four hiring events in total in Harlem, Fordham and Washington Heights at the time, and was in communications with “community officials regarding our hiring efforts throughout this process.”
The other big chains, Gap and Blink Fitness, slated to open in the site did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Marshalls will open on Thursday, Sep. 21 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.