Indoor Golf Simulator Takes Space at Staten Island’s Empire Outlets

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FlyingTee has inked a deal to open its third golf entertainment center, Tee Suite, at the under-construction outlet mall on Staten Island’s waterfront.

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The company signed a 15-year deal with BFC Partners for 22,000 square feet in the nearly 1.1-million-square-foot Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Advance first reported. A BFC spokesman would not provide the asking rent in the deal, but a source previously told Commercial Observer that the average asking rent in the development is $125 per square foot.

Tee Suite—which plans to open in 2020—will have indoor golf simulators of popular courses like Pebble Beach in California along with food and a bar, according to BFC Partners.

“The Tee Suite is an exciting evolution of the traditional golf concept,” Joseph Ferrara, a principal of BFC, said in a statement. “The creative attitude and customer dedication we see within the Tee Suite and FlyingTee team makes it a great fit for Empire Outlets, and we are proud to be home to their flagship New York City location.”

Casandra PropertiesJames Prendamano handled the deal for BFC while Matt Mardis and Brian Paine of Paine & Associates represented FlyingTee.

“Paine & Associates is excited about the opportunity to successfully assist with FlyingTee’s entry into the New York City market,” Mardis said in a statement. “The dynamic Empire Outlets project on the Staten Island waterfront will provide FlyingTee the opportunity to join other world-class tenants.”

Prendamano said in a statement that “at Empire Outlets, we say it’s all about the experience,” and “Tee Suite will bring a one-of-a-kind world-class food and beverage and golfing entertainment venue.”

The $350 million Empire Outlets will have 100 stores, a hotel and a 1,250-space parking garage. Retailers who have already signed onto the project include Nordstrom Rack, Jockey, Brooks Brothers and Levi’s.

BFC broke ground on the project in 2015 and had its opening date pushed back five times over the years. Earlier this month, BFC said it would open on May 15 instead of April to give retailers enough time to finish their buildouts for the grand opening.

The project was originally set to rise next to the planned New York Wheel attraction but in October 2018 developers New York Wheel LLC officially killed the 630-foot-tall observation wheel.