National Retailers Discover a Brooklyn Mall

(The New York Times) The Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn has been changing rapidly in recent years, as national retail chains flock to the mall, a shopping strip that once housed local sneaker stores and jewelry repair shops.

The latest retailer to sign a lease is the furniture chain Raymour & Flanigan, which will occupy 28,000 square feet on the second floor at 490 Fulton Street. The store is scheduled to open in February. The discount department store chain Century 21 and H&M and T. J. Maxx also plan to open stores. Other national chains, including Gap, √Āeropostale and Express, have opened stores along the mostly pedestrian mall, which stretches 17 blocks from Boerum Place to Flatbush Avenue.

An H&M clothing store being built on the Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn is among many national retail outlets planned for the area. Credit: Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times