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Top 10 Retail Center Experiences: No. 9 Ridge Hill

In a search for innovators in experiential retail, Chain Store Age asked readers to nominate retail centers worthy of being named among the Top 10 Retail Center Experiences in the nation. The editors’ picks continue with No. 9 Ridge Hill:

Ridge Hill

It’s Saturday night in downtown Yonkers, N.Y., and while the streets of this once-flourishing city abutting the Bronx are empty, La Bella Havana restaurant on Main Street is serving 15 or 20 diners. But two miles north at Havana Central, a Cuban band is playing to a packed house of more than 120 diners.

Up the main street of the Ridge Hill center, people mill outside the Cheesecake Factory, waiting for tables. On the sidewalk, strollers head for the movies or the comedy club or REI, Lord & Taylor, Guitar Center, and Francesca’s. The eclectic mix of retail also factors in a Whole Foods and a Lowe’s, creating a roster worthy of an organic community.

With Ridge Hill, QIC has managed to create a new town center for New York’s fourth largest city without any residential or office space.

“We have a little bit of everything for everyone, but it’s the entertainment component that truly sets us apart,” said Meghann Hongach, marketing director of Ridge Hill, which also houses an iFly and a Legoland.

This is the ninth post in a series profiling the 10 selections from CSA's 2018 Top 10 Retail Center Experiences. Stay tuned for the profile of the last center. Until then, catch up on what you missed:

No. 1 Westfield Century City 

No. 2 River Oaks District

No. 3 Crocker Park

No. 4 Plano Market Street

No. 5 Irvine Spectrum Center

No. 6 Streets of St. Charles

No. 7 Santana Row

No. 8 Butler Plaza

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