Before we all know it, it will be 2012 and the long awaited Barclay’s Center will be open for basketball games (Brooklyn Nets), concerts and all other types of big-time, live events. When that happens the Downtown Brooklyn section will be lit up and busier as never before. In the meantime there are several businesses that are reaping the benefits of this soon to be mega-event center’s arrival.
Already in the Atlantic Center Mall (which is located directly across the street from the work-site for the Barclay’s Center) there is a Best Buy electronics store set to open along with a host of other businesses in the surrounding area. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is sure to see an increase in revenue as well with another event center coming as well as the smaller mom and pop stores who will see extra funds. Why is this, because the Barclay’s center will bring an extra 20,000 people to the area each and every night that there is an event taking place. To put it simply the more people around means more people spending their money in these establishments.
Some of those mom and pop stores have been brought out by several larger retailers who are looking to capitalize on the Barclay’s Center, but the ones that are lucky enough to stay will see a huge increase of profits very, very soon. It is almost here and I can’t wait. I will continue keeping all of the readers informed on everything that is going on at Atlantic Yards, Atlantic Center and the Barclay’s Center.