Brooklyn’s First Pier 1 Imports Coming To Atlantic Avenue

Pier 1 Imports has signed a lease for a space just beyond Brooklyn Heights at 252 Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place, a block past Court Street. The home furnishings chain will set up shop in a new two-story commercial building called Atlantic Galleria, along with gym chain Retro Fitness. It’s the retailer’s first location in Brooklyn. Read more on the Cobble Hill blog here.

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  • Bloomy

    Thinking about Pier 1 and all that comes to mind is “Meh”.

  • GHB

    Thinking about the word “meh” and all that comes to mind is “meh!”

  • Gerry

    We need a good home store around here

  • j

    keyword good

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    A new post, and a new round of complaints. This blog is nothing if not consistent.

  • She’s Crafty

    I’m tentatively psyched about this. I know it’s not PC to applaud big box type stores coming into the neighborhood but I do like Pier One and they have good sales.

  • MMM

    I used to look forward to open thread Weds. each week. Now I avoid it. I’m so tired of all the whining about EVERYTHING.

    Pier 1 is a good sign of the positive changes that are happening on Fulton Mall – something else that I avoid these days.

  • Hicks St Guy

    I like the idea of the jobs this store will create, the increase to businesses around it, and to have another shopping alternative.

  • C.

    The suburban mallification continues

  • Jazz

    I wish they had an aquatic center there as well. I love to float on wicker. /trolling.

  • AEB

    …and a miniature gold course.

  • AEB

    gold=golf. Of course.

  • Jorale-man

    I see this as a mixed blessing. On one hand, the area could definitely use a moderately-priced home furnishings store (though I’d prefer a Crate & Barrel or CB2). And Pier 1 isn’t bad as chains goes. On the other, I’d hate to see the influx of stores like this drive up rents and hurt the mom-and-pop shops that give Atlantic its character.

    In other words, a classic gentrification dilemma I suppose…

  • PromGal

    My grandmother tells me there was a Pier 1 on Montague Street at one time. Near the corner of Clinton near the entrance to the Subway across from St Ann’s Cathedral.

  • bornhere

    PromGal – I don’t think there was ever a Pier 1 on Montague.

  • hicksanthrope

    More cheap crap. Thanks??

  • Heights

    I think PromGal’s grandmother may be right. I have some vague recollection of a Pier 1 on Montague.

  • Eddyenergizer

    Yes Pier 1 Imports was on Montague till the mid 70’s, up the stairs where the sushi restaurant is. I remember they moved to Manhattan into a bigger location. It may have been the first one.
    It’s funny though, back then imported goods were a special thing, now it’s nothing but imports.

  • bornhere

    Heights — it would have had to have been in the 1990s, and I can’t even imagine where it would have been. We can all probably name the stores that were there then (I can go back decades :), and other than recalling a brief effort by Bennetton (on the north side), I can’t even think of a nonfood chain store that was on the Henry to Clinton block around that time. Weir was still on the south side, with Annie’s, Summa, etc., but Pier 1?
    If someone remembers for sure, share the memory!

  • bornhere

    Eddy — Thanks! I think you tend to be correct in all of your recollections, but it must have been a tiny store. I remember that space being some kind of housewares at some point, but a Pier 1 just sounds so … ambitious for that space. I would love to see a picture of it!

  • Eddyenergizer

    Yes a small store indeed especially compared to their current business model.

  • bornhere

    But … all I am reading about the advent of Pier 1 to Atlantic Avenue notes that it will be the first Pier 1 in Brooklyn, although everything seems to be derivative of the Brownstoner post, which may not be accurate.

  • PromGal

    There definitely was a Pier 1 imports on Montague Street in the 70’s. My grandmother doesnt recall how ling it lasted, but it was up a flight of stairs and carried what she calls “exotic gifts”. I think I remember going there with my mom to buy some straw baskets. It was close to the the French Connection, which was at Subway level on the corner.

  • PromGal

    She also told me there was a little store called the Penny Bridge Bookstore upstairs near where the original Perelandera was (upstairs at 154.) She says she took us there when we were little children for great children’s books
    Anyone share Gram’s recollections?

  • Gerry

    @ Jazz – an aquatics center is a great idea!

  • Hortense

    Pier 1? What is this 1994?
    Really? Can’t we muster up a CB2 or Restoration Hardware

    Who has gone to a Pier 1 in the last 10 years

    Do we need more Rattan?

  • She’s Crafty

    I don’t think it was an actual Pier 1 but maybe something like that. I hope someone chimes in to clarify.

    There was a “back to the crate” or some such store in the bottom level of the Brooklyn Historical Society for some time too in the 70s/early 80s.

  • Eddyenergizer

    That was a furniture store in Brooklyn Historical Society, called the “workbench”.

  • Eddyenergizer

    She’s Crafty, “I don’t think it was an actual Pier 1 but maybe something like that”. What you don’t believe me?

  • RF

    The upstairs store on Montague was Pier 16. As a kid I bought lots of incense and things with anti war slogans on them there.