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Borders bookstore signs lease for Atlas Park space

BY NATHAN DUKE

The bookstore will occupy 22,500 square feet in the 400,000-square-foot center, where construction is scheduled to be finished by April, Hemmerdinger said. The book, music and movie retailer plans to make its Queens debut at the $180 million center, which will also include Regal Cinemas, Chico's, White House Black Market, Gymboree, Coldwater Creek, Cold Stone Creamery, Aerosoles, California Pizza Kitchen and Johnny Rockets.Borders will be situated at the corner of 80th Street and Cooper Avenue, a high-traffic location in the Atlas Park center, according to Hemmerdinger.”By bringing together its appealing mix of merchandise together in one highly accessible location with immediately adjacent covered parking, Borders provides a real plus to our project and an important point of difference for our customers,” Hemmerdinger said.Hemmerdinger said more than half of the center's space has been rented or committed to and the center will include about 60 retail stores and restaurants. Atlas Park will have approximately 1,600 parking spaces.”It is a tremendous compliment to our project that so many retailers have chosen The Shops at Atlas Park for their first foray into Queens,” Hemmerdinger said. “More importantly, we are fulfilling our promise to provide the community with an important new, convenient shopping and dining option.”The Borders store, which is scheduled to open in September, will also include a Seattle's Best cafe and The Paper Chase, an area that will offer greeting cards, wrapping paper, stationery and gift items.The Shops at Atlas Park will sit on a 12-acre tract of land and will include a variety of cafes, bistros and restaurants as well as men's, women's and children's apparel, jewelry, shoes, fashion accessories, housewares and gourmet foods.Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 156.

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