The New York Times took a look at all the changes coming to Fulton Mall in downtown Brooklyn. The takeaway: National discount stores such as H&M, Century 21 and T.J. Maxx are a step up from the mom ‘n’ pop sneaker and jewelry stores that have dominated the area for years. The latest retailer to sign is furniture chain Raymour & Flanigan, set to open a 28,000-square-foot store at 490 Fulton Street in February. For anyone worried about displacement of lower-income shoppers, politicians and developers said, the changes reflect a return to the area’s original character. “In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Fulton Street was a retail environment for people of low income, people of middle income and people of high income,” Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz was quoted as saying. “Then, over the last many years, Fulton Street no longer offered a shopping environment that represented Brooklyn’s diversity. Finally, we are going back to the future, if you will, going back to what Fulton Street used to be.” What do you think of the changes?
National Retailers Discover a Brooklyn Mall [NY Times]
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