One of the biggest sneaker and clothing brands in the world seems to have Hoboken in mind, as an important building along the city’s main thoroughfare may soon house one of its outlet stores.
A Baby Gap store at 222 Washington Street has already started offering discounts on its items, as it is expected to close next month. A separate retail space next to the store has been vacant for many years, but Nike is looking to change that with a redesign of the building’s ground floor.
The Hoboken Historic Preservation Committee heard plans at its December 6 meeting to combine the two storefronts into one larger space covering approximately 7,000 square feet. The plan, designed by Nastasi Architects, will replace and reconfigure a front door while repairing the lighting and repainting the exterior facade of the property.
The request submitted to the committee includes Nike’s signature “swoosh” on signage, but the brand has yet to publicly announce its intentions for the space. Nike did not respond to a request we made about whether the property will actually house one of its outlet stores, a retail option that has yet to find its way to County of. Hudson.
Nike operates several of its outlet stores in Manhattan and one in downtown Newark near the Prudential headquarters. Other Garden State branded locations can be found in shopping malls such as downtown Bergen in Paramus, Elizabeth’s The Mills in Jersey Gardens, Jackson Premium Outlets, and Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls.