New Retail Building Coming To Caesar’s Bay Shopping Center

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Bensonhurst’s waterfront mini mall is about to expand.

Real estate investment company Surrey Equities has filed plans to build a two-story, 11,500-square-foot building commercial building at Caesar’s Bay Shopping Center, reports YIMBY.

The massive lot, which borders Gravesend Bay and Shore Parkway, already boasts a Kohl’s, Five Guys, Starbucks, Toys R’ Us, and a Best Buy. The new structure is expected to house a mix of “food and service-oriented tenants,” Leon Silvera, Surrey co-founder, told YIMBY. As of yet, the building has not been leased out.

The Caesar’s Bay addition is not the only new commercial space coming to town. A few blocks over, car wash is currently being transformed into a 8,200-square foot store front, that could hold up to five commercial tenants when it is complete this spring.

Does Bensonhurst really need more retail chains? What stores or fast food establishments are missing from our shopping strips? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Sean F

    I may be in the minority in terms of wanting to be able to leisurely browse for books in person, but we need a Barnes & Noble. There aren’t very many local bookstores, and hiking down to Park Slope for B&N is very inconvenient. A B&N could do good business if it partnered with the local high schools and colleges.

    • Robert D

      or you could just go on Amazon.com and by the same book for 10 bucks cheaper and sent to your house but if you must have a book store and have no value for money there’s one ave and a fantastic shop.

      • Sean F

        I’m aware of the options. I’m a book publishing executive. As much as I like the few local bookstores, they don’t have what I want most of the time (my tastes are eclectic). As for Amazon, I favor brick-and-mortar stores. No deliveries to pay for, or chase through the USPS or UPS when no one is there to sign. I like taking about books with friendly and knowledgeable sales associates (and I’m all about keeping local people employed – I won’t use ATMs unless it’s after business hours, and never for a deposit – those all happen at a teller window).

        My time and money is no more valuable than any of the working people who online retailers have put out of work. Physical stores are simply much better for the neighborhood and the economy than any digital store of any kind.

      • Kim O

        It’s sad that stores like barnes and nobles, Strands, and Boarders closed it doors because of ebooks. I think its possible to own a independent bookstore and have a cafe inside, host story time for kids, and events. People can donate books that they no longer need and the book store can sell it back out for a decent price, it won’t be like Amazon.com but its something.

        • Sean F

          Ebooks did not kill the brick-and-mortar stores. That’s a myth in the general public, but publishing industry data does not support that as factual. Borders went bankrupt before ebooks were anything but a niche blip on the sales market.

    • yuekitian

      I’ve always enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of book stores and while having one in the neighborhood would be really nice I don’t think it would happen. The price of selling books in a store front is just too costly and it would be zero competition with online retailers like Amazon.com and options like e-books. Sad to say but most book stores went out of business because people would check out the book in stores like B&N or Borders and then just buy it online. Even the B&N textbook store in Manhattan closed.

      • Sean F

        I work in book publishing. Many of these points are myths. There were a lot of internal factors behind the crash of the brick-and-mortar bookstores. However, recent data indicates that more independents are opening all across the country, and that online book sales have either plateaued (ebooks) or seen slower growth (physical books). The local bookstore is primed to make a comeback similar to the new surge in vinyl record albums. At least, in places where the word “community” matters (which Bensonhurst is sadly no longer, since we are fracturing into all sorts of ethnic cliques).

        Textbooks and trade books are two entirely different things. Price point and the buying power of the large conservative states like Texas are what made the textbook market fall apart. And that’s a boon. I just got my son all of his college textbooks, rented on his laptop, for a total of $75 (retail cost would have been over $300).

  • Kim O

    I agree with a book store in the area and a craft store like, Michaels. Have the businesses make events during summer time and get the community to come out and do activities. I think theres enough bakeries and restaurants.

    • ROSALIE907

      Michael’s would be good and how about a Trader Joe’s? The one we currently have is too far away and there’s no parking facilities. I usually go to the one on Metropolitan Avenue is far away but they do have parking facilities. I also hear that a Trader Joe’s was coming to Washington Avenue but that’s far also and I’m sure they won’t have parking facilities. FYI, I had heard about this Trader Joe’s about a year ago and still have not heard anything about when it would be opening.

      • Kim O

        I would love a Trader Joe’s there, but I think they should replace Walbaums. That’s a great location. Theres a Michaels at Gateway Mall, its far and theres always traffic jam even when there’s no construction. I wonder what they are going to do with the abandon tennis courts? They should convert the building into a beautiful restaurant. What a great view it would be. Ceaser’s Bay have many potential.

        • Sean F

          My wife would lose her mind if we had Trader Joe’s on the Waldbaum’s lot.

  • Larry Litmanen

    I am all for development but entering and exiting the highway is pure hell since BJs opened. They need to address that issue as well. An underpass or overpass, whatever it takes. One of the pleasures of that plaza is plenty of parking so people drive, you need a car when going to BJs and you have a highway entry/exit point…………….and a major street in Cropsey.

    • Irene Lieber

      I agree. driving in this area causes traffic jams , I still don’t understand the leaving the Belt Parkway at Bay Parkway when there are green and red light and a turning light. Double standard. Coming off the belt people make the lane one lane instead of two. To much traffic around this area.

  • Syl

    They should make a Boston Market in this area!

  • No Roger No Rerun No rent

    Five Below. Please fit in a Taco Bell, too.

  • Sophia

    A trader Joes would be nice to have.