Since Caldor went out of business 12 years ago, this 165,000 square foot site location at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street in Flushing has been left empty. Many attempts to develop the prop-erty have failed, until the New World Group, owned by several prominent Chinese businessmen, successfully leased the site from Vornado Realty in early 2009, with a vision and plan to construct one of the largest indoor Asian Mall in the Northeast. The project took more than two years to complete due to the complexity of the location and other factors.
The New World Mall will open to the public on Sunday, May 22nd. Lo-cated in the heart of downtown Flushing and a short distance away from other heavily populated Queens neighborhoods, NWM stands to attract thousands of residents within the areas. The stunning three–story, cross-hatched window wall of clear glass on the exterior of the building has already received rave reviews from local community publica-tions. This beautiful new mall is sure to enhance the appearance of the busiest block in Flushing and it reflects the company’s commitment to the community. The Mall expects to create over 1,000 new jobs and to promote social and economic awareness by hosting various community events and programs throughout the year.
The mall features 108 retail shops with an Asian su-permarket on the first and second levels. Located on the third floor is one of the largest Chinese dim sum restaurants and banquet halls in the Tri-State areas with a capacity of hosting 1,500 patrons. The facility also includes a food court, supermarket, karaoke lounge and an underground valet parking garage.