By Jennifer Farnsworth
Party City, a company that operates specialty retail party supply stores in the U.S. and Canada, is planning to move into the old OfficeMax location in The Crossings development by Dec. 1.
J. Eric King, president of Equinox, the commercial property development and management firm involved in The Crossings shopping center, said he expected the 13,000-square-foot store to be very popular.
King said there are party equipment rental stores in Saratoga County, but nothing similar to Party City, which is more of a card and party supply store. They contract for the manufacturing and distribution of party goods, including paper and plastic tableware, metallic and latex balloons, Halloween and other costumes, accessories, novelties, gifts and stationery throughout the world.
“With the steady growth of families and residential development, we are very confident that the store will be well received as a nice addition to the other stores and shops at The Crossings,” said King.
King said changing the space to accommodate Party City will mostly entail cosmetic changes and some minor renovations.
"There isn't a large renovation required. The space is pretty much ready to go, and the consumer base is already here, which is very good for Party City," said King.
The Equinox Companies has been involved in commercial development around the Northeast since 1968. They have a history of working with large retailers such as Home Depot, Target, Michael's, Kohl's, Cracker Barrel, and Red Robin. The Party City store chain has other Capital District locations in Latham, Schenectady and Albany.
More information about Party City can be found at www.partycity.com.