American Eagle/Aerie opening in Empire Outlets on Thursday

Empire Outlets has big turnout, beautiful weather for first Saturday

Hundreds of people took advantage of the nice weather on Saturday, strolling around the open spaces between stores, enjoying food from one of the food trucks lined up on Richmond Terrace, and enjoying the entertainment to celebrate the first open weekend.


Updated May 29, 2019; Posted May 29, 2019

By Tracey Porpora |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Known for its trendy denim, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. — and the company’s lingerie line, Aerie — will open in Empire Outlets on Thursday, May 30.

The 11,031 square-foot store is located on level 3, adjacent to the “Crown Courtyard;” it encompasses both of the retailer’s brands – American Eagle and Aerie.

The outlets opened to the public on May 16, attracting more than 165,000 visitors in its first weekend of operation, according to an Empire Outlets spokesman.

“The opening of American Eagle and Aerie is exciting news for Empire Outlets, and represents the next step in a wave of activations that will continue throughout the spring and summer, attracting countless New Yorkers and tourists from around the globe to Staten Island’s North Shore,” said Travis Noyes, Empire Outlets senior vice president.

Located adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal, Empire Outlets, when finished, will feature more than 100 designer outlet retailers and a 1,250-space parking garage.

The Advance previously reported that Empire Outlets will be opening in phases, with stores launching between May and August.



Other stores open at Empire Outlets include: Banana Republic Factory StoreU.S. Polo Assn, Samsonite, Lids, Walgreens, Brooks Brothers Factory StoreColumbia Factory StoreOld NavyGap Factory StoreJockey, Francesca’s, StarbucksWetzel’s Pretzels and GNC.

Other stores set to open include: Nordstrom RackLevi’sTrue ReligionConverse, Dennis Basso, iOptics,Royal JewelersCrocsAmerican Eagle OutfittersAerieTrue ReligionLucky BrandParfum Europa, and Verizon Wireless.

Right now there is “a robust food truck presence” until the MRKTPL — a 12,723-square-foot artisanal food hall with a 3,000-square-foot outdoor dining space — opens in the summer, Outlets officials said.


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